Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech announced that after this season he will end his football career, during which he was also under the bar for Chelsea. The 36-year-old will end the contract in London and will not sign a new one again. 

In England, the Bohemian is considered as one of the best goalies of his generation, who played 443 matches. The Czech Republic goalkeeper has a record 202 clean sheets in his 15 seasons in the Premier League since joining Chelsea in 2004 from French club Rennes.

“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,” Czech said Tuesday in a statement.

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After 11 years at Stamford Bridge, Cech moved to Arsenal in 2015. At the beginning of the current season, Cech became the first choice for Arsenal manager Unai Emery. But after seven games he picked up a hamstring injury against Watford and lost his starting role to Bernd Leno.

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“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,”

added the goalkeeper, who finished his international career in the summer of 2016 after the European Championship in France.

“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.”

The nine-time Football Player of the Czech Republic has a number of team and individual successes. He won both the Champions League and the Europa League, four times the English Premier League, five FA Cups and three League Cups. His most memorable moment came in the Champions League final when he starred in Chelsea’s penalty shootout win over Bayern Munich in 2012. Cech saved an extra-time spot-kick by former team-mate Arjen Robben and then two penalties in the tense shootout which followed.

Arsenal tweeted: “For your consummate professionalism, for being the perfect role model, for the 50 clean sheets, for your honesty, your integrity and for your inspiring work with @AFC-Foundation, we want to say… Thank you, @PetrCech!”

Former England striker Gary Lineker wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations on a truly outstanding career to @PetrCech. A wonderful goalkeeper, professional and gentleman who has been an absolute credit to our game. Wish him all the very best in his retirement at the end of the season.”

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