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Petr Cech | Goalkeeper | #33

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (34) / 5/20/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 198

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Petr Cech was left out of Arsenal's starting eleven against PSG but will return for the Premier League Week 5 clash with Hull City.
Arsene Wenger's choice of David Ospina was vindicated on Tuesday as Petr Cech's deputy came up with a number of spectacular saves to keep the match tied at one. While Wenger has indicated that Ospina will retain his Champions League starting role Petr Cech is still the starter in the Premier League and will return to the line-up on Saturday against Hull City. Arsenal aren't a great bet to keep a clean sheet on the road and Hull City are unlikely to generate sufficient shots on target to make Cech an enticing option based on number of saves. Consider Cech a middling choice in salary cap formats. Sep 16 - 10:36 AM
Source: BBC Sport

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Petr Cech has announced his retirement from international football after representing the Czech Republic for the past 14-years.

The Arsenal goalkeeper started all three group matches at Euro 2016, failing to win a single game, as the Czech Republic returned home early from the tournament. "It is a definite decision," Cech said "The fact we did not win at the Euros had no effect, although obviously I would have preferred a triumphant farewell. I like to do things 100 per cent and there will come a time where I have to ease the burden on myself. That time may not be now, but qualification for the World Cup takes two years and it would not have been right to announce that I do not feel I can carry on in the middle of that." Cech played in four consecutive European Championships, reaching the semi-finals in 2004. Tomas Vaclik [Basel] is likely to start in goal when the Czech Republic begin their World Cup qualifying campaign in September.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 9 - 4:43 PM

Petr Cech continued to show why he is still one of the top goalkeepers in the world by helping the Czech Republic stay level with Spain for nearly the entire match, but the Spaniards would find a late winner to spoil the Arsenal man's day, 1-0.

There really is no other player in the first half of this match for the Czech Republic that did anything of note. It was all Cech, who came up with some big saves to keep his country in it despite it being a truly one-sided affair. He stopped Alvaro Morata a couple of times in the first half and beat away a well-struck shot by Jordi Alba. The Czech Republic did not threaten to score until the very end of the first half but the longer they kept Spain out in the second half, the more they looked capable of finding an upset. Fellow PL keeper David de Gea was up to the test as well though, and Spain would finally beat a helpless Cech with three minutes left plus stoppage time. Cech will try to help his country again in a few days with a tough match against Croatia.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 13 - 11:03 AM

Petr Cech was on the bench for Arsenal's 3-3 draw with West Ham last weekend but is likely to be back for both of the Gunners' matches in match week 34.

With matches looming against bottom half clubs Crystal Palace and West Brom in Week 34, Petr Cech could be an excellent choice for fantasy managers. The only lingering doubt is that he was presumably healthy enough to play last weekend against the Hammers since he was healthy enough for the bench but he didn't start. Arsenal team news hasn't been definitive in saying that he WILL start against Palace rather equivocating with words like "expected to" and "could be recalled". The odds are that he starts both matches but it is disconcerting that the language isn't more definitive.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 15 - 10:24 AM

Arsene Wenger was non-committal when discussing Petr Cech's prospects of returning to the starting line-up against Watford in Week 32 action.

The former Chelsea man has missed about a month after sustaining a calf injury at the beginning of March. Arsene Wenger indicted that he could come back but it sounds like a 50/50 proposition between Cech and Ospina for the showdown with the Hornets. Fantasy managers without the ability to make last minute changes should go with a surer bet than either Arsenal goalkeeper for Week 32.
Apr 1 - 3:45 PM

Arsene Wenger has refined the prognosis on Petr Cech from "out for the North London Derby" to "out for three to four weeks".

It looks like David Ospina will get a run in the side starting with Saturday's critical North London Derby as Petr Cech has been ruled out for approximately a month according to his manager. The Czech Republic goalkeeper has been a great pick-up for the Gunners and his absence for a crucial stretch of the title chase as well as the effort to maintain a suddenly shaky top four spot will be felt.
Mar 4 - 11:31 AM

Petr Cech will miss Saturday's North London Derby after injuring his calf in Arsenal's Wednesday loss to Swansea City at the Emirates.

Adding injury to insult, Arsenal have lost their difference-making goalkeeper for what may be the biggest game of the Premier League season to date. With the Gunners, Spurs and Manchester City all losing on Wednesday, Leicester City drawing on Tuesday and West Ham and Manchester United winning, things are getting tight for the title and the four Champions League spots. Arsenal will be without their prized summer acquisition for the occasion which will add to the attacking woes that continue to plague them. David Ospina will get the start in Cech's place.
Mar 3 - 9:21 AM

Arsenal's only summer signing was immense as the Gunners scratched out a nil-nil draw at the Britannia.

Petr Cech made a number of excellent saves including a double save from Joselu and Bojan to keep a clean sheet. Arsenal had good chances of their own but faced an equally excellent goalkeeper in Jack Butland who saved well from Olivier Giroud in the early going.
Jan 17 - 1:14 PM

Petr Cech redeemed himself after a miserable Week 1 performance against West Ham with a string of exceptional first half saves to keep Arsenal level on the way to a nil-nil draw at the Emirates.

Arsenal will feel hard done by and lucky at the same time when looking back on this result. A perfectly good Aaron Ramsey goal was disallowed for an offside that wasn't early in the first half. At the same time, the Gunners were terrible at the back allowing chance after chance to the Reds and relying on the post (twice) and Petr Cech (more than twice) to preserve the clean sheet. Perhaps this is what John Terry was talking about when he said that Cech would mean more points for Arsenal over the course of the season.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 05:05:00 PM

Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud

Arsenal lines up in a 3-5-2 with Bellerin and Sanchez returning for Debuchy and Oxlade-Chamberlain
Source: Twitter
Sun, Aug 16, 2015 08:07:00 AM

Petr Cech wasn't the only poor performer but he was certainly the most visible as Arsenal lost 2-0 to West Ham at the Emirates in their season opener.

A ton of momentum for the Gunners went down the drain in 90 minutes at the Emirates on Sunday. New signing Petr Cech looked decidedly mortal flailing for a Dimitri Payet free kick only to watch Kouyate knife in front of him to head it home for a 1-0 win. He looked downright poor when Mauro Zarate collected a botched clearance and shot from 20+ yards in the 57th minute. Zarate's shot was neither particularly powerful nor well-placed and yet it beat Cech comfortably. Arsenal defenders should have done better on both West Ham scoring plays but the reason to buy Cech was to have a safety blanket to make the good saves and even the occasional spectacular one. He failed to make two relatively routine ones and Arsenal have already created an uphill battle for themselves this season as a result.
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 10:34:00 AM

Petr Cech was fantastic in Arsenal's win over Everton in the Barclays Asia Trophy Final.

Arsenal started with a really strong squad in what could very well resemble their week one lineup. They outplayed Everton the whole way and were in full control by the 62nd minute, when they were 3-0 up with goals from Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla, and Mesut Ozil. They enjoyed 53% possession and had 18 shots to Everton's six. The Toffees were able to return a goal in the 75th minute via Ross Barkley, but they never threatened Arsenal. This Gunner team looks very dangerous when healthy and Chelsea will have their hands full in their title defense.
Source: Sky Sports
Sat, Jul 18, 2015 10:47:00 AM

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea complete with the obligatory Tweeted photo of the player in an Arsenal shirt.

It isn't often that Arsene Wenger gets one over on Jose Mourinho but it appears that he has today as the North London club announce the signing of one of Mourinho's stalwarts in Petr Cech. While Cech wouldn't have played much at Stamford Bridge, he should be an improvement over David Ospina/Wojceich Szczesny and provide a significant talent boost to Arsenal over where they left off last season. Given that Arsenal were excellent over the second half of last season, things are certainly going their way heading into the start of the 2015-16 season.
Mon, Jun 29, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Petr Cech is reportedly at Arsenal today having his medical exams ahead of finalizing a permanent move across London early next week.

All other details of the deal between Arsenal, Chelsea and the player are reportedly settled so the medical should be the only hurdle remaining to the transfer going final. Various pundits have been trying to poke holes in this deal from the Arsenal side but it's hard to find a flaw unless you're really going out of their way. He isn't Thibault Courtois or David De Gea or Manuel Neuer but none of those three players is available and Cech should be a significant upgrade over David Ospina and Wojceich Szczesny.
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 03:07:00 PM

Romanian wonderkid Vlad Dragomir could be unveiled as Arsene Wenger’s first signing of the summer despite the club reportedly agreeing an $18 million deal for Petr Cech from Chelsea yesterday.

The 16 year-old is believed to be one of Europe’s hottest prospects attracting the attention of a number of top clubs including Inter Milan and Monaco but given Wenger’s reputation for nurturing and developing young talent the central midfielder opted for a move to London. Potentially Dragomir is a major coup for Arsenal (one for the future) but supporters believe Wenger needs established players now to mount a serious title challenge and will be disappointed to learn that long time target Jackson Martinez will not be gracing the BPL just yet - the Colombian forward has agreed a move to La Liga side Atletico Madrid. However Adrien Rabiot still remains very much on the Gunners radar after the PSG player confirmed he may need to leave the Parisian club in order to find first team football.
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 04:47:00 AM