Legendary Petr Cech to Retire End of Season

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Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has confirmed his decision to retire from professional football when his current deal expires at the end of the season.

The 36-year-old joined the Gunners from London rivals Chelsea in the 2015 off-season after a fee of around £10 million was agreed by the two clubs.

To date, Cech has made 129 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions, keeping 50 clean sheets in the process.

A club statement, published on arsenal.com, read: "Petr recently informed us of his decision. Like all football fans, we are sad about this, but completely understand and support Petr.

"We know Petr will continue to make a big contribution in the future, whatever he decides to do.

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

"He has been a fantastic ambassador for Arsenal, Chelsea and the Czech Republic and will always hold a special place in the affections of football fans around the world.

"Petr, we wish you every future success and thank you for everything you have done for our club, on and off the pitch, and the wider game.

"We look forward to you helping us to an exciting finish to this season and wish you well for the future."

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