Legendary Arsenal and Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has announced he will retire from football at the conclusion of the Premier League season after a glittering 15-year career in England’s top flight.
In a statement released through his social media accounts, the 36-year-old said he felt he had achieved everything in the game and was ready to hang up the gloves.
“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,” Cech said. “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, and then I am looking forward to seeing what life holds for me off the pitch.”
The Arsenal keeper, who joined from bitter rivals Chelsea in 2015, holds a number of records in England’s top flight including most clean sheets (161) and longest streak without conceding a goal (903 minutes).
He was crucial to Chelsea’s dominance during the mid 00s until his transfer to Arsenal, helping the Blues win four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League trophy.
Cech also lifted the FA Cup with Arsenal in 2016/17. He will retire as one of the most decorated and celebrated goalkeepers to ever play in Europe.