Petr Cech really could end up being the signing of the summer. The goalkeeper, despite approaching the final stages of his career, is still one of the most outstanding 'keepers in world football, and he really could help Arsenal challenge for the Premier League title next season.
Now, of course, ahead of the new campaign, the 'keeper is gearing up alongside his new teammates in Singapore, and he's quickly making his mark.
Unsurprisingly, Mikel Arteta has already hailed the ex-Chelsea star, claiming that he has given everyone at the club a huge lift.
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In fact, the Spaniard has suggested that Cech could help make the club champions, as he goes in search of even more success in the game...
As reported by the club's official site, Arteta stated: “When you get to know Petr, [the title challenge] is even more serious because of his ambition,” the captain told Arsenal Player. “Even though he has won everything in England and probably in Europe, he is still ambitious. Those types of signings give the team a lift.
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“The decision he made to come here after being a legend at Chelsea is not easy. I don’t think many of them would do it at his age, and he is still hungry, he wants to prove himself at the top level and I think it is a really good decision for us.
“He could have gone to another league and thought, ‘My name is in England forever with Chelsea and it’s only going to be with Chelsea’. He knows he’s going to get some criticism coming here and that the pressure is going to be on him a lot but he just wants to take it. He says, ‘Okay I’ve got another chapter, and challenge and a chance to make Arsenal champions’.
“I have no doubt [he will cope well with the criticism],” added Arteta. “He is very cool, he’s been training really well and that’s what he’s here for. He’s not here just to sit on his back, he wants to compete and he wants to keep winning.”
Cech, then, is impressing at his new club, and his most recent training session will only bring a smile to the faces of the club's supporters..
In the video below, tweeted by Today Sports, Cech produced a marvellous double save in front of a number of adoring fans...
Of course, yet to make his debut for the Gunners, Cech will be desperate to prove to his new fans that he's as good as ever, and he certainly has the ability to push Arsenal on in the immediate future.
With the former Chelsea man between the sticks at the Emirates, the outfield stars in north London will finally have the confidence that they have a world-class shot-stopper backing them up.
Chelsea will no doubt start the campaign as favourites to retain the title, but Cech may well have a huge role to play in stopping them doing just that.
Will Cech prove the signing of the summer? Have your say below!