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Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech to retire at end of season

Arsenal goalkeeper Cech to retire at end of season ‘Fantastic career’: Football world reacts to Petr Cech's announcement of imminent retirement
Shannon Reynolds | 17 January, 2019, 12:43

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

The Premier League leaders kept their 13th clean sheet of the season following a 1-0 win over Chris Hughton's side with Fabinho stifling one of the division's most effective strikers in Glenn Murray.

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has announced his intention to retire at the end of the season.

"I will continue to work hard at Arsenal to hopefully win one more trophy this season, " Cech said, "and I am looking forward to seeing what life holds for me off the pitch".

Cech, who spent 11 years at Chelsea before joining Arsenal in 2015, confirmed on Tuesday that he will hang up his gloves at the end of a campaign that has seen him lose his starting spot to summer signing Bernd Leno.

Both of Cech's Premier League clubs also posted on Twitter to honor the long-serving stopper, with Chelsea listing his considerable list of trophies, calling him "A true Chelsea legend".

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Cech suffered a serious head injury in 2006 following a collision with Reading's Stephen Hunt.

The keeper - widely recognised as one of the best goalkeepers of the Premier League era - has started his coaching badges with a view to a possible management career.

Hunt's knee crashed into Cech's head leaving him with a fractured skull, but he returned to action four months later wearing what became his trademark protective headgear. Now plying his trade at the Emirates under Unai Emery, Cech lost his place in the starting XI after suffering an injury early in the season.

The former Czech Republic global served as the Gunners first-choice keeper for the past three seasons and has amassed 110 top-flight appearances for them so far. "Many congratulations on such an wonderful career".

"Some weeks ago, I knew this could be an option because we had some players out injured and we only had two centre-backs available", Fabinho told Liverpool's official website.

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