Petr Cech claims he is nowhere near thinking about retirement, and is keen to continue playing at least until he’s 40, according to the Evening Standard. This could spell disaster for Wojciech Szczesny, who looks set to be named our second string shot-stopper in 2015/16.
Having just recently made the controversial switch across London (via the BBC), Cech will soon be turning out in Arsenal colours. At 33-years-old there have obviously been questions regarding the transfer, but he is confident he can continue well into his 30s and even into his 40s.
“I don’t want to speak about retirement for another seven years. That’s my target and then I will see,” Cech said, as quoted by the Standard.
“You can have a plan, but sometimes, it doesn’t turn out the way you want.
“This move is one of those things I didn’t expect – but I’m glad it happened.
“In football you never know what’s round the corner and retirement is something I don’t plan.
“I’m just looking forward to my new challenge. I’ll just go in, do my work and show I am worthy of a place.”
Although the age of goalkeepers has gone down in recent years, there are still plenty of top shot-stoppers who play well into their later years – just look at Gianluigi Buffon still performing heroics at the age of 37.
Cech is arguably still young in goalkeeping terms, and should have plenty of time left to make an impact at Arsenal. He signed a four year contract with us (via the BBC), and looks set to be at the club at least until 2019.
Szczesny lost his place to David Ospina last season, so was already relegated to second choice. Cech will presumably come straight in as our No.1, and if he keeps performing at a high level until he’s 40 then Szczesny may not get a look in. The Polish international is still young, and if he has no hope of getting anywhere near the starting XI then you wouldn’t blame him if he were to look for a move away.
It would be great to have two top quality shot-stoppers at the club, but we can’t expect either of them to want to rot on the bench.