— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) October 18, 2017
Cech, who is widely regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers of the Premier League era, spent a trophy-laden 11 seasons with Chelsea before moving to rivals Arsenal in 2015.
The 35-year-old immediately became the Gunners’ first-choice keeper and while he hasn’t quite hit the heights he achieved with the Blues, his performances have largely been quite solid.
Cech, who has captained the Czech Republic and amassed 124 caps for the national side since making his debut in 2002, announced his international retirement in 2016 in a bid to prolong his club career.
So far, the North Londoners have won the FA Cup once and the Community Shield twice with Cech but their travails in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League have been a source of concern for their fans.
Last season, Arsenal finished fifth and missed out on Europe’s premier club competition for the first time since 1996. They haven’t made the best of starts to the ongoing season either, as they lie in sixth place with 13 points after eight games played. Losses to Stoke, Liverpool and most recently, Watford, have spread a gloom over the club.
Their UEFA Europa League campaign, however, has made for happy viewing for their fans, as the Gunners have a 100 per cent record after winning both their games played so far.
Arsenal take on Red Star Belgrade at the Red Star Stadium on Thursday night bidding to clinch their third European win on the trot.
Cech, however, is not expected to feature as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger employs David Ospina for cup competitions as he seeks to give both custodians maximum playing time over the course of the season.