Petr Cech
Petr Cech

Petr Cech

Widely recognised as one of the world’s best goalkeepers, Petr quickly established himself as Arsenal’s first-choice during his debut campaign in north London.

After keeping a clean sheet to win the Community Shield on his debut, Petr won a fourth Premier League Golden Glove award with 16 shutouts last season, and particularly impressed with a crucial saves in games against Liverpool, Leicester City and Manchester United.

Petr Cech Profile

Born May 20, 1982
Pilsen, Czech Republic
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 33
Previous Club(s) Chmel Blsany, Sparta Prague, Rennes, Chelsea

Petr also broke David James’s all-time Premier League clean-sheet record with his 170th shut-out against Bournemouth in December 2015, and was voted Czech Republic Player of the Year for the eighth time after helping his country qualify for the 2016 European Championship.

Before joining Arsenal, Petr made nearly 500 appearances for Chelsea, winning four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League – the latter in 2012 after saving two penalties in the shoot-out. He also set a record for most minutes without conceding a Premier League goal (1,025) in 2004/05.

Previously Petr had spent two seasons in France with Rennes, who he joined from Sparta Prague.

A European Under-21 Championship winner with his country in 2002, he went on to become the most capped Czech player of all time, retiring from the international scene with 124 caps to his name. Euro 2016 was his fifth major international tournament.

Petr Cech's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2015-2016 34 0 5 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 42 0
2016-2017 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 37 0 5 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 45 0

My Year

  • 2015/16

July

Petr made his Arsenal debut in the Barclays Asia Trophy final victory against Everton before helping the Gunners lift the Emirates Cup with a clean sheet against Wolfsburg. Speaking ahead of the Community Shield, Arsene Wenger said: “He’s at the stage of his career, between 33 and 37, where a goalkeeper can be at his peak and he has the desire to improve.”

August

Petr played five times in August, helping the Gunners retain the Community Shield with a clean sheet against Chelsea before producing a man-of-the-match performance to shut out Liverpool. Speaking after the Liverpool game, Arsene Wenger said: "He was superb. In the moments where we struggled he kept us in the game and he deserves a lot of credit for that.”

September

Petr played three times during September, keeping a clean sheet in the 2-0 win at home to Stoke City. The Czech Republic goalkeeper also returned to Stamford Bridge to play against his former club Chelsea. Speaking after the game, Petr said: “It was new for me but I was focused on the game and I had a great reception from the fans. That was amazing and I would like to thank them for that.”

October

Petr played six times during October and kept clean sheets against Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Watford and Swansea City. The Czech Republic goalkeeper put in a man of the match performance against Bayern. Speaking afterwards, Arsene Wenger said: “He was important. I think he kept us in the game and you can say the same for Neuer. We had two top, top, top world-class keepers on the pitch and that of course was vital on both sides.”

November

Petr played five times during November and kept a clean sheet against Dinamo Zagreb. The Czech Republic goalkeeper equalled his country’s all-time cap record during the international break. “He is a super talent. He is certainly one of the greatest goalkeepers we have ever seen here in this country,” Arsene Wenger said.

December

Petr played six times during December and kept three clean sheets against Bournemouth, Olympiacos and Aston Villa. The Czech Republic international broke the Premier League clean-sheer record when he claimed his 170th clean sheet against the Cherries. Arsene Wenger said afterwards: “I think he can be very proud of that because it is a remarkable achievement and people once again don’t realise how much commitment is behind that, the focus and consistency in his attitude. On top of that he is a a remarkably-gifted goalkeeper. The consistency is the most difficult to achieve for somebody.”

February

Petr played five times during February and kept clean sheets against Bournemouth and Southampton. The goalkeeper claimed the Vitality Player of the Month award for January for his fine performances in goal.

March

Petr featured once in March, when he picked up an injury in the defeat against Swansea City. However, the goalkeeper had some god news as he won the Czech Republic Player of the Year award for a record eighth time.

April

Petr played four times in April and helped Arsenal keep three clean sheets against West Brom, Sunderland and Norwich.

May

Petr played twice in May and kept a clean sheet against Aston Villa to win the Golden Glove award, with an impressive 16 shut-outs in his first season in north London. The goalkeeper was was also called up to the Czech Republic squad for Euro 2016.