Arsenal goalie Cech to hang up gloves at end of season

Arsenal goalkeeper, Petr Cech says he will quit professional football at the end of the Premier League season.

The former Chelsea shotstopper revealed this in a statement released through his social media accounts on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old ex-Czech Republic international, who wears a protective headguard during games since a skull injury in 2006, says this is the right time to call it quits.

“This is my 20th season as a professional player and it has been 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,” he said.

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“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.”

Cech joined the Gunners from Chelsea in 2015, and holds a number of records in the Premier League, including most clean sheets (161) and longest streak without conceding a goal (903 minutes).

He won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League trophy while at Stamford Bridge.

With Arsenal, he also lifted the FA Cup in the 2016/17 season.


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