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!