Arsenal are planning a guard of honour for Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey at the Emirates on Sunday, the final game either will attend as Arsenal players.
As it stands, it looks unlikely that Ramsey or Cech will feature against Brighton in Arsenal’s Premier League clash on Sunday. Bernd Leno is mostly taking charge of the net in league matches for Unai Emery’s side, and Aaron Ramsey’s injury is reportedly going to keep him out for the remainder of the season.
Nonetheless, both should be in attendance for their final Emirates Stadium game with Arsenal, and multiple sources report they’ll receive a guard of honour to commemorate the occasion:
My spies tell me there will be a guard of honour for outgoing Arsenal men Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey at the Emirates on Sunday…
— Layth (@laythy29) May 1, 2019
Guard of honour for Ramsey and Cech following Brighton game on Sunday. #AFC
— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) May 1, 2019
Arsenal have some precedent with guard of honours for retiring or departing players. The club gave the same treatment to Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta when the pair left the club a few years ago, and Arsene Wenger was also clapped onto the pitch on his final day. It’s no surprise to see Cech and Ramsey will have a similar send-off.
It helps that neither are planning to move on to direct rivals of Arsenal. If Ramsey had decided to sign on with Liverpool, for example, you doubt he’d be getting such a warm farewell from supporters. Thankfully, he’s heading off to Juventus, so fans can properly thank him for 11 years of service without feeling divided about it.