Petr Cech has officially announced his retirement from football.
The record-breaking Czech will officially hang up his gloves at the end of this season. Cech joined Arsenal from Chelsea in 2015, and made his name in the Blue portion of London, playing for nine years at Stamford Bridge before swapping the blue for red and white.
Cech may have been passed his supreme best while playing for the Gunners, but he never disgraced himself while a Gunner, and did the badge proud.
Cech broke the Premier League clean sheet record while at The Emirates, and added an FA Cup to his haul of four Premiership titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, one Europa League and a Champions League, meaning he has won every domestic and European tournament possible.
Cech is also a Czech Republic legend, and holds the record for the most caps earned with 124 in all. but his host of records doesn’t stop there.
He holds the record for the least amount of games required to earn 100 clean sheets, the longest amount of time between conceded goals - 1,025 minutes - and the most amount of clean sheets in a season. He also has earned the Golden Glove award four times (04-05, 09-10, 13-14 and once with Arsenal in 15-16), which makes his career pretty much fulfilled.
Cech announced his decision via social media, and a host of former team mates, current players, coaches and football personalities have lined up to pay tribute to Cech’s career, which is a real testament to the man.
Cech earned the Captains Armband this season, thanks to his leadership, experience and calm head. Despite losing his first team place this season, Cech has never let us down and the bar he set so high may have been unreachable in his time with Arsenal, but he can hold his head high.
We’ll be losing a real influence in the dressing room once he departs, but not only that, we’ll be losing a stable keeper too.
Thanks for the clean sheets, and for being forever a gentleman Petr. You truly embodied The Arsenal Way.