Petr Cech to retire after 20 years at the top – Good luck big man

Arsenal’s giant Czech Republic keeper Petr Cech has finally called it a day after all these years, and he is definitely one of the most celebrated shot-stoppers in history after becoming the first keeper to record 200 clean sheets in the Premier League in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Watford last season, during which he saved a penalty from Troy Deeney.

He may have only won two Community Shields with the Gunners and will certainly be more revered by Chelsea fans as he won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League, the Europa League, and three League Cups, but he has certainly put up some great performances for the Gunners as well.

He announced yesterday: “This is my 20th season as a professional player and it is 20 years since I signed my first professional contract, so it feels like the right time to announce that I will retire at the end of this season.

“Having played 15 years in the Premier League and won every single trophy possible, I feel like I have achieved everything I set out to achieve.

“I will continue to work hard at Arsenal to hopefully win one more trophy this season, then I am looking forward to seeing what life holds for me off the pitch.”

It’s a shame as far as I am concerned, as I still think he is a better keeper than Leno at the moment and could have many more years at a top club if he wanted it. My only regret is that he didn’t join Arsenal ten years earlier!

9 Comments

  1. Dan Kit says:

    Probably the best keeper to grace the premiership and a all round nice guy by the seems of it .probably the best time for him to retire so wish him well.OT wake up to the news on sky that arsenal have no money to spend and even looks like is leaving ??‍♂️Just gets better and better .

    1. Dan kit says:

      Sven*

  2. Sue says:

    I have been critical of Petr in the past, but wish him good luck for the future!
    My favourite Petr moment – sat behind the behind the goal as he saved Deeney’s penalty!! Absolutely brilliant, thank you Petr!!! ?

    1. sanmi.marvellous says:

      Yes !!!
      Especially with the ‘No Cojones’ coment from Deeney.

      lol.

        1. Kenny Rolfe says:

          My partner and her friend bumped into him in Baker St. he was only too willing to have a photo done with the pair of them. Thoroughly nice guy and truly great keeper in his day. However the timing was right for retirement. Said months ago, we should move him upstairs as our goalkeeping coach, too late now, Chelsea’s snapped him up.

  3. Eddie Hoyte says:

    Aye mate it’s gone be another messed up month, I can’t imagine the state the fans will be in if we can’t pick at least six points from the games between Chelsea, Utd nd City this month…yes I said 6 points!! We haven’t gotten any reasonable point from any of these teams..anything below six points then Arsenal are still same old…
    With Sven leaving, y’all can kiss signings like Torreira and Guendouzi goodbye and welcome back the signings based on connections and not proper scouting..
    well, I’ve been a good lad for the past years, and still I’m getting more pissed by the club…
    these upcoming games will decide if I get to worry bout this club fr d rest of dis season or if I’ll take a break..
    Sven leaving will be damaging, knowing we can’t spend big money on the best players out there…

    Good luck Petr Cech… Best goalkeeper to play in the EPL

  4. Mobella says:

    Good luck Petr Chech, football world will miss you.

  5. ozziegunner says:

    Best Wishes Petr, for the future. He had a difficult job at Arsenal given the defender quality in front of him compared to his time at Chelsea; although I consider De Gea saved more points for Manchester United than Cech did for Arsenal.

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