Petr Cech has announced that he will retire from football at the end of the season when his Arsenal deal expires.

Arsenal's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech gestures on the pitch after the UEFA Europa League first leg quarter-final football match between Arsenal and CSKA Moscow at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 5, 2018. Arsenal won the game 4-1. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL
AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

Cech had previously said that he would like to play until he’s 40 however it seems as if he’s realised that should he do that it would not be at the top level.

Speaking at the start of the summer, Cech said, “Napoli were interested in me.

“But my future is at Arsenal and I do not think about changing clubs. I still have a year of my contract with Arsenal, the only thing I want to think about is fighting for a starting position.”

He then added just one week ago, “I would like to stay but we are in January.

“The season is long so you never know what will happen. I don’t feel stressed or pressed about when we sit and when we talk. I just do my job and in the end, we can easily sit and discuss it, so we will see.

“I haven’t [had an offer yet] and after the transfer window we will talk and see where we are.”

Cech, who turns 37 in May, has played 1,035 minutes this season with just seven appearances in the Premier League, keeping two cleansheets which, with this Arsenal defence, is an impressive return.

In total so far he’s played 129 times for Arsenal keeping 50 cleansheets. At Chelsea, he played 494 times keeping 228 cleansheets.

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