Petr Cech
Petr Cech joins Arsenal after 11 years with current champions ChelseaGetty Images

New Arsenal signing Petr Cech has already hinted at life at the highest level after the expiry of his reported four-year contract with the Gunners.

Cech has joined the north London club for £10m ($16m) according to BBC Sport but has wasted little time looking to the future beyond his current deal at the Emirates Stadium.

The 33-year-old served Chelsea with distinction for a decade before falling behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order last term.

But despite the ink being fresh on his contract with Arsenal, Cech is eyeing the future, which could see him play on until he turns 40.

"I don't want to speak about retirement for another seven years," he told The Evening Standard. "That's my target and then I will see.

"You can have a plan, but sometimes, it doesn't turn out the way you want. This move is one of those things I didn't expect – but I'm glad it happened.

"In football you never know what's round the corner and retirement is something I don't plan. I'm just looking forward to my new challenge. I'll just go in, do my work and show I am worthy of a place."

The signing of Cech is expected to boost Arsenal's Premier League title hopes ahead of the new season after manager Arsene Wenger spent last term rotating Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina without striking on a winning formula.

Furthermore, with the stopper having won four league championships, four FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League during his Blues career, Cech represents a player with genuine experience of winning at the highest level.

And according to former Arsenal 'keeper David Seaman, the signing could be the difference between the two rivals in the title race.

"Chelsea's loss could, and likely will, be Arsenal's gain," Seaman told Breathesport. "In my opinion, this signing could genuinely be the difference between who will come first and who will come second next season."