Arsenal’s veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech has announced that he will retire from playing at the end of the season. The Czech goalkeeper has been in and out of favour this season at Arsenal after the summer arrival of German international Bernd Leno. Cech has played in the Premier League for 15 years in spells at Arsenal and previously Chelsea.
A top goalkeeper in his Chelsea days
When he was at Chelsea Cech was considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He played a crucial part in some of the most historic moments, including winning the Premier League title four times and also the Champions League.
Cech also broke records while at Stamford Bridge. In fact, he still holds the record for clean sheets in a Premier League at 24, while he was also the fastest goalkeeper to reach hundred clean sheets in the Premier League, reaching the century in just 180 appearances.
During his prime, he had all the attributes of a top, top goalkeeper and despite his switch to a fellow London club is still a hero at Chelsea.
Endured mixed fortunes at Arsenal
When he joined Arsenal in 2015 from the Blues, Cech was past his best, despite still being a very good goalkeeper. He looked like the top quality goalkeeper that the Gunners had needed for a long time.
His reflexes and shot stopping have remained pretty unchanged in recent years. However, he has been more prone to making mistakes in north London than during his career at Stamford Bridge. Maybe the effect of playing at the top level for so long affected his concentration and he definitely has not been at the top of his game for Arsenal, which was to be expected because he was not in the prime of his career anymore.
Still a good servant to Arsenal
Despite Petr Cech not being at his best for Arsenal, the Czech star has still been a good servant to Arsenal. He has made the odd mistake, but he has also produced some outstanding displays in his 111 top-flight appearances for the Gunners.
With Leno now number one goalkeeper in the league, Cech’s role until the summer looks to be one of warming the Gunners bench. Ironically, Arsenal host Cech’s former club Chelsea this weekend, a game the Gunners are odds of 19/10.
Even in the likely event that Cech does not make it onto the pitch against his old side, he is sure to get a good reception from Blues fans, as well as fans of his current club.
Is Petr Cech right to quit playing this summer?