According to Sky Sports, veteran Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech is returning to former club Chelsea this summer after he brings down the curtain on his trophy-laden career. The former Czech Republic international will become the Blues new sporting director.
Cech enjoyed his best years at Chelsea
Petr Cech enjoyed the best years of his football career at Chelsea, winning every trophy there was to win with the Blues in the club game. The 37-year-old was regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world while at Stamford Bridge.
His decision to return to his former club is not a majorly surprising one. Reportedly the Blues are keen to bring in some of their former stars to be part of the club’s backroom staff. Former midfielder Frank Lampard, now the boss of Championship Derby, has even been linked with becoming the Blues boss this summer.
Mixed fortunes at Arsenal
When Cech arrived at Arsenal, his best days were far behind him. However, he was still a good goalkeeper and more reliable than his predecessors in-between the skills for the Gunners.
Cech has made over a hundred top-flight appearances for the team from north London. During his four-year stay at the Emirates Stadium, the veteran goalkeeper has won the FA Cup once and the Community Shield on two occasions.
Prior to this season, Cech was number for Arsenal for much of his stint at the club. However, after starting the first seven games of the Premier League campaign, Cech sustained an injury that saw summer arrival Bernd Leno takeover as first-choice for the Gunners.
However, Cech has appeared in the cup competitions. In January, the veteran goalkeeper announced that he would be retiring at the end of the campaign.
Could feature against his old/new club in Europa League final
The irony for Cech is that his last game in an Arsenal shirt could be against new/old employers Chelsea in the Europa League final next Wednesday.
The Gunners are underdogs at odds of 19/10 to beat their London rivals and lift the trophy this season.
Despite not being Arsenal’s first choice goalkeeper in the top-flight, Cech has made ten appearances in the Europa League this season. Whether Gunners boss Unai Emery chooses to field Cech or regular first-choice Leno is unclear.
It would be crazy if Cech started and had a key impact on the game. His return to his former club may be slightly awkward if he does!
Did Petr Cech have a good career at Arsenal?