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Petr Cech reveals how he convinced himself into joining Arsenal from Chelsea

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Arsenal will have a point to prove this weekend when they return to Premier League action against Bournemouth.

Last time out, Arsene Wenger's men put in a dismal performance at Anfield and the Gunners boss has - not for the first time - had to defend himself amidst increased pressure.

Of their senior players, Petr Cech was one of the first to take responsibility after the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool by leading the post-match dressing room inquest.

And Arsenal supporters can probably forgive him if, two years after joining the club, he had started doubting whether he had made the correct decision leaving Chelsea.

The 35-year-old enjoyed a wealth of success at Stamford Bridge but the emergence of Thibaut Courtois meant he was always unlikely to feature as much as he would have liked.

Despite Arsenal's much-publicised struggles to end their Premier League title drought, Cech still opted to take a risk by moving to north London.

The four-time Premier League winner has now admitted he had to convince himself into making the switch to the Emirates.

In an interview with French publication So Foot, Cech revealed the pep talk he gave himself after signing on the dotted line in 2015.

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"On arriving at the club, I said to myself, 'Okay, Arsenal have not won the Premier League in 10 years but I want to be the one who helps them win the title'," he said, as per the Evening Standard.

"I did not see myself leaving the league which is, in my opinion, the best in the world, and I also wanted to continue fighting for the title. The concern is that we did not have a victor's mentality.

"Chelsea had a simple advantage: on the past ten years, the club has gained more than fifteen titles. The first reason for this, from one year to the next, is that changes in the staff have not been very drastic.

"Come the end of the season, there was always a title, be it the Premier League, an FA Cup, a Champions League or something else. Arsenal have not won anything, beyond the victories in FA Cup, since 2004."

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The lack of title-winning experience in Wenger's squad has been an issue for some time now.

Aside from Cech, only Danny Welbeck has lifted the Premier League title out of the current crop of Arsenal stars.

And the ex-Chelsea shot stopper believes the team must pull together if that title drought is to come to an end.

He added: "If you look carefully, there are few who has won the Premier League ... There's Danny Welbeck and me. We have to learn together, we must find this path towards victory.

"My dream today would be to win as much with Arsenal as with Chelsea but I do not think I have ten years left me for that."

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