The Czech Republic international signed from Chelsea on Monday in a deal that - while long mooted - still surprised many given that the Blues had sold one of their best players to a direct rival for the Premier League title.
Cech was grateful to be allowed to move to the club of his choice, but it could be a decision that ultimately proves costly for Chelsea, who have significantly strengthened the Gunners ahead of the new campaign.
Arsenal impressed at the end of last season, going on a run that suggested big things could be afoot at the Emirates Stadium, and that is something Cech acknowledged although he highlighted their issues at the start of the campaign as a defining factor in their final position.
“You have to start and finish well, which was Arsenal’s problem last season,” the ‘keeper told arsenal.com. “The points they dropped at the start of the season were costly for them in the title race at the end.”
Arsenal finished last season third in the Premier League with 75 points from their 38 matches, but a better start and things could have been very different.
The Gunners dropped points against Everton, Leicester City, Manchester City, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur in the first five weeks of the campaign and Cech will be doing his best to ensure that does not happen now he is between the posts 12 months on.