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‘One Of The Best The League Has Seen’ – Arsenal Fans Pay Tribute As Veteran Announces He Will Retire From Football

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has announced he will retire from football at the end of the season.

The 36-year-old’s contract at the Gunners expires in the summer, and the former Chelsea custodian says he feels like it is the right time to call it a day after two decades as a professional:

“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.”

“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.”

Arsenal fans on Twitter were quick to praise Cech’s contribution since arriving from the Blues in 2015:

Cech has won every trophy in the game, and couldn’t have asked for a better career. However, he lost his place to Bernd Leno back in October following a hamstring injury and hasn’t been able to regain his place.

Earlier this month, manager Unai Emery said he wasn’t certain whether the Czech shot-stopper would remain at the Emirates beyond the end of the season, and it seems he has been mulling over his future for a while.

Cech says, though, he is still hoping to win one more trophy before retiring. The Gunners are still in the Europa League and the FA Cup, as well as competing for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

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