'He could play another four years' - Iwobi surprised by Cech's retirement decision

'He could play another four years' - Iwobi surprised by Cech's retirement decision

"After that day it is all about him". It's a big loss for football but history can't be deleted.

It was a career all the more remarkable given the serious head injury Cech suffered in 2006 following a collision with Reading's Stephen Hunt.

Petr Cech played most of his career for Chelsea and appeared in more than 300 matches for the Blues jersey before he took his transfer to the Gunners' squad in 2015.

With his winning goal against Arsenal last time out, Declan Rice became the 10th teenager to score in the Premier League for West Ham, and the first since 2002.

Of the four Premier League titles Cech won with Chelsea, three were clinched under the auspices of Mourinho, while he also set a club record of 228 clean sheets across all competitions during his time with the club.

The 36-year-old has made no indication of his immediate plans after he retires, but revealed he is excited about the prospect of what life will be like once his playing career comes to an end.

Former England legend and broadcaster Gary Lineker called Cech: "A wonderful goalkeeper, professional and gentleman who has been an absolute credit to our game".

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In a statement on their website, Arsenal added: 'Petr recently informed us of his decision. "Like all football fans, we are sad about this, but completely understand and support Petr".

"Petr has been an extraordinary player during his 15 years in the Premier League and an exemplary professional on and off the pitch".

The Czech Republican joined from Rennes for around £7m.

Cech saved an extra-time spot-kick by former team-mate Arjen Robben and then two penalties in the tense shootout which followed. "Wish him all the very best in his retirement at the end of the season".

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster, one of many to tweet support, wrote: 'One of my all time favourites. "It has been a pleasure watching you play".

Cech's longtime teammate at Chelsea and fellow goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini joked that his former colleague's retirement will see him kicked out of the Chelsea legends team, saying: "You could have waited a few more years to retire, to allow me to play a few more games with the Chelsea legends!"

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