"When he announced he was retiring I was like "wow, you could have another three or four years the way that you're playing".
Czech Republican goalkeeper Petr Cech announced on Tuesday that he will be hanging his boots at the end of the 2018/19 campaign, his twentieth in top-flight football and fifteenth across the Premier League.
Cech has a record 202 Premier League cleansheets - 24 of those came in the 2004-05 season, when Chelsea won the championship for the first time in 50 years.
And they were joined by Arsenal, who tweeted: "For your consummate professionalism, for being the ideal role model, for the 50 clean sheets, for your honesty, your integrity and for your inspiring work with, we want to say..."
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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.
Chelsea travel across London to take on Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend.
'I will continue to work hard at Arsenal to hopefully win one more trophy this season.
Arsenal is set to avenge the defeat against Chelsea in the first leg of their clash in the Premier League at the beginning of the season.
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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. A true consummate professional and a truly resilient personality, Cech's retirement is a huge loss for the game.
"Petr recently informed us of his decision", the story read.
And another former England stopper, Ben Foster, said Cech was "One of my all time favourites". "We look forward to you helping us to an exciting finish to this season and wish you well for the future". A wonderful goalkeeper, professional and gentleman who has been an absolute credit to our game. Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster described Cech as "one of my all time favourites", while former Arsenal striker Ian Wright wrote: "All the best Petr".
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.
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