Just recently, we carried a story ‘ Cech’s days are numbered as Arsenal look to the future.’ http://thehighburyflyer.com/cechs-days-are-numbered-as-arsenal-look-to-the-future/
At the time, we suggested the Veteran Goalkeeper could be looking at an Arsenal exit this summer, which he confirmed Today.
The 36 year old had fallen behind Bernd Leno and there was a rumour that Arsenal were monitoring Brazilian shot stopper, Gabriel Braza of Cruzeiro Esporte Clube B.
It now appears that Cech has assessed his personal situation and has decided to bow out under his own steam, rather than suffer the ignominy of being released.
He arrived at Arsenal in 2015 and was seen as the answer to the goalkeeping crisis but behind a twitchy defence, his time in North London has seen flaws in his overall performances.
In fact, his errors had become more frequent and although he was undeniably a quality keeper, his legacy was becoming undermined by close shaves and near own goals.
He spent 15 years in the premiership, 11 with London rivals Chelsea and has won 4 premier league titles, 5 FA cups, 3 league cups, 1 UEFA Europa league title, 1 UEFA Champions league title and 2 community shields.
It’s pure hypothesis but imagine a Cech in his prime, behind a solid and organised defence, he could have added to his trophy haul substantially.
Arsenal never provided him with quality cover and as a result, we never really saw him at his best. He had moments and at times looked like the goalkeeper he once was but it was clear two seasons into his Arsenal move that his best days were behind him.
Having said that, he was always Premiership material, sadly just not the best goalkeeper in the World anymore.
Arsenal fans owe him a debt of thanks and I know we all wish him well.