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Arsenal Goalkeeper Petr Cech announces he will retire at the end of the season

Arsenal's Petr Cech will retire Credit: PA

In a statement published on Twitter, Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech announced his plans to retire from professional football at the end of the 2018/19 season, saying:

"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 this 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.

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."

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Emery looking for January signings at Arsenal

Emery wants reinforcements in the transfer window. Credit: PA

Unai Emery is hopeful Arsenal will bring in reinforcements during the January transfer window - but declined to say whether Denis Suarez will be one of them.

The Barcelona midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates to reunite with Emery, who he worked with at Sevilla.

After the 3-0 FA Cup third-round win over Blackpool, Emery said: "I think the club is working for the possibility to take some players who can help us during these next four months.

"Maybe the transfer market can help us with a centre-back, but it is not easy because also (Konstantinos) Mavropanos is coming back after injury. Also a winger, right or left, one player can help us in this position."

Asked whether he saw Suarez as a winger, the Gunners boss added: "He was playing in his career, and with me also, as a right or left winger."

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Emery unsure whether Cech will be at Arsenal next season

Petr Cech has found himself as understudy to Bernd Leno. Credit: PA

Petr Cech is set to start Arsenal's FA Cup third-round tie against Blackpool - but head coach Unai Emery is unsure if the experienced goalkeeper will be at the Emirates Stadium beyond this season.

The 36-year-old has found himself as understudy to Bernd Leno since the early weeks of the campaign and will get a rare chance to shine when the Gunners travel to Bloomfield Road on Saturday evening.

Cech, who moved across London from Chelsea in 2015, won the FA Cup four times with the Blues before lifting the trophy as an Arsenal player in 2017.

The former Czech Republic international has kept more clean sheets than any goalkeeper in Premier League history but, with his contract expiring in the summer, Emery admits there have been no talks about extending Cech's deal.

"I don't know now," Emery replied when asked if Cech has a long-term future at the club.

"This is a question for the club and the player to deal with our necessary things with the goalkeeper.

"All situations like this, we will speak with the player and with the club but at the moment, I want his focus the same, each training, each match.

"He is going to play Saturday to give us his performance and then we are going to decide also within what is the best for him and for the club."

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