Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Arsenal Believe Again after Cech Completes Move of the Summer

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Arsenal Believe Again after Cech Completes Move of the Summer

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

ARSENE WENGER will feel like he has finally secured a victory over his nemesis Jose Mourinho after signing Petr Cech from Chelsea. Do not be fooled by the rather mild "I am very pleased" assertion from Wenger following confirmation of Cech's move yesterday. The Frenchman must be doing cartwheels. The goalkeeper position has been a weakness at Arsenal since Jens Lehmann first left in 2008. For just PS11million, Wenger has acquired a No1 capable of genuinely fulfilling the role for several years and inflicted a blow on Mourinho to boot.

The Chelsea boss warned against allowing a title rival to be strengthened at their expense, but the club, including owner Roman Abramovich, felt they could not stand in Cech's way after 11 years of dedicated service.

A year on from Arsenal fans seeing former captain Cesc Fabregas move to Stamford Bridge from Barcelona, now it is the turn of Chelsea's following to feel frustrated. There are still two months of the window remaining and yet Cech is being heralded as the transfer of the summer and rightly so.

Cech won 13 major trophies in 11 years with the Blues and is still very much in his pomp. When you consider what Edwin van der Sar did for Manchester United after joining at the age of 34, winning four titles and a Champions League, it puts the switch into perspective.

Last week Chelsea captain John Terry revealed the fear that already exists within the Blues' dressing room when he said that Cech would be worth 12-15 points a season to Arsenal.

Everyone knows about Cech's abilities, yet it is his infectious determination to win that Arsenal will perhaps benefit most from.

He could have taken the easy route and seen out his career as a Chelsea legend, making a few appearances as a back-up to Thibaut Courtois and picking up a vast salary. …

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