Petr Cech announces that he will retire at the end of the season

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

The Arsenal goalkeeper has lost his number one spot to Bernd Leno at the Emirates this season and, at the age of 36, has decided to call it a day after the 2018/19 campaign.

The former Chelsea goalkeeper began the season as Unai Emery's number one but an injury saw Leno replace him between the sticks.

Cech has been at the Gunners since 2015 when Arsene Wenger snapped him up from London rivals for around £10 million.

He has since played 129 times for the north Londoners, helping them to win the FA Cup during the 2016/17 campaign.

That was far from Cech's first trophy in English football, though.

He had previously spent 11 seasons at Chelsea and won four Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, three League Cups, two Community Shields, a Champions League and a Europa League.

In total, Cech played 494 times for the Blues.

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Cech released a statement on social media on Tuesday morning which read: “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 the 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.”

Happy retirement, Petr.

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