Cech profile
Cech profile

Petr Cech

Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr brought to an end his 11-year association with Chelsea when he signed for Arsenal in June 2015.

Widely recognised as one of the world’s best goalkeepers, Petr made nearly 500 appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge, 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.

Petr Cech Profile

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

He set a then-English record for minutes without conceding a Premier League goal (1,025) in 2004/05 and has won the Golden Glove award on three occasions – sharing the honour with Wojciech Szczesny in 2014.

Before joining Chelsea, Petr spent two seasons with French outfit Rennes, having previously represented Czech sides Sparta Prague and Chmel Blsany, where he started his career.

Seven-time winner of the Czech Republic Footballer of the Year award, the goalkeeper helped his country to win the 2002 Under-21 European Championship, and made his senior Czech debut in February 2002.

He has gone on to make more than 100 senior appearances for his country, playing at three European Championships as well as the 2006 World Cup in Germany. His list of personal honours includes being named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Season twice (2004/05 and 2013/14) and winning the Premier League Player of the Month award for March 2007.

A superb shot stopper, Petr is also renowned for commanding his area, leadership qualities and communication.

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
Total 34 0 5 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 42 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.”

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.”

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.”

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.

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.