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Petr Cech announces decision to retire at end of the season

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

Cech moved to England in 2004 when he joined Chelsea from French side Rennes in a £7 million deal, and would go on to enjoy an illustrious career with the Blues.

During his time at Stamford Bridge Cech would establish himself as one of the greatest goalkeepers the Premier League has ever seen, winning four top flight titles, four FA Cups, three EFL Cups, the Champions League, and the Europa League.

In 2015 Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich sanctioned Cech’s free transfer to Arsenal after he had lost his place to Thibaut Courtois, a move that then Blues boss Jose Mourinho vehemently opposed.

Cech has since made over 100 top flight appearances for the Gunners, and last season became the first ‘keeper in Premier League history to keep 200 clean sheets.

The 36-year-old is also the Czech Republic’s all-time leading appearance maker with 124 caps.

He began this season as Arsenal’s number one but has been unable to regain his place in Unai Emery’s side from summer signing Bernd Leno after suffering a hamstring injury against Watford back at the end of September.

Cech took to Twitter today to announce his decision hang up his gloves after 20 years as a professional.

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