Petr Cech will not be fooled with the popular saying that goalkeepers get better as they grow older, the Arsenal shot-stopper believes he has seen it all and has thus announced that he would be retiring at the end of this current season.

The Arsenal goalkeeper, who will be 37 in May, released a brief statement on social media on Tuesday confirming the news.

 He said: " This is my 20th season as a professional player and it has been 20 years since I signed my first professional contract, so it feels like the right time to announce that I will retire at the end of the season.

"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.

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"I will continue to work hard at Arsenal to hopefully win one more trophy this season, then I am looking forward to seeing what life holds for me off the pitch.

Cech first arrived in England in 2004, and has gone on to make more than 600 appearances for Chelsea and Arsenal.

His last hope for a final trophy is the FA Cup, and to win it Arsenal will have to navigate the fourth-round challenge of Manchester United at the end of this month. Cech has won the competition five times in all, once with Arsenal.

 It is with Chelsea that Cech had the most gilded era of his career, also winning four Premier League titles, three League Cups along with the European Cup and the Europa League.

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