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Petr Cech | Goalkeeper | #33

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (36) / 5/20/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 198

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David Ospina made his first Premier League start in an almost a year as Arsenal cruised past Stoke City at The Emirates.
There had been no mention of a problem with Petr Cech prior to the game, but it was the Colombian stopper who was named in goal on Sunday - 364 days after he was last in the XI [April 02, 2017 against Manchester City] – with Matt Macey providing back-up on the bench. The club’s official Twitter feed reported Cech’s absence was due to a "minor groin issue," although when Arsène Wenger was asked for an update post-match, the injury is likely to keep him out of the Europa League tie with CSKA Moscow this week: "He’s better today. He will maybe go out for a little session now. I still think he will be short for Thursday." The Arsenal boss went onto add that Danny Welbeck will be assessed after he was forced off due to a back problem, an injury which could see Alexandre Lacazette make his first start since knee surgery in February. Apr 1 - 4:09 PM

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Petr Cech is rated as a major doubt for this weekends north London derby.

The veteran stopper was involved in a heavy collision with Oumar Niasse during the 5-1 victory over Everton at The Emirates which forced him off after 70 minutes. "He has a kick on his calf," confirmed Arsene Wenger post-match. "I don’t know medically how bad it is. Just a kick." However, Cech, an ever-present in the Premier League this season is at risk of missing his first game amid growing concerns within the Arsenal camp that he will not recover in time for the early kick-off on Saturday. David Ospina is being readied and the Colombian could come in for only his second league start in 10 months. However, there was better news regarding in-form defender Nacho Monreal [replaced at half-time on Saturday due to illness] who is expected to be available for the clash.
Source: Independent
Feb 6 - 5:19 PM

Petr Cech flailed at a back pass and gifted a goal to Jordan Ayew as Arsenal capitulated at the Liberty Stadium 3-1.

The loss overall was hardly Petr Cech's fault but there was nothing more emblematic of their poor play than the sequence that led to Ayew's winner. Nacho Monreal made a poor choice on his throw in, Shkodran Mustafi made another poor choice to pass it to Cech and Cech comically mis-hit his clearance. The Gunners deserved to lose regardless of that goal but it did summarize their poor play nicely.
Jan 30 - 9:06 PM

Petr Cech, out since leaving Arsenal's 3-1 loss to West Brom early, is likely to return to the starting job against Middlesbrough in Week 33.

Neither David Ospina nor Emiliano Martinez were terrible filling in for Arsenal's number one but neither were they very good. Both had solid moments but, like Martinez's rash challenge leading to a Palace penalty, they had some gaffes as well. Unfortunately, Cech hasn't been his old self either since joining Arsenal and combined with Arsenal's struggles away from home may mean that Cech won't have the easy time you might expect against a tepid attack like Boro's.
Fri, Apr 14, 2017 04:07:00 PM

Petr Cech picked up a calf injury in the first half of Arsenal's match against West Brom, with David Opsina having come on to replace him.

The Gunners are embroiled in a 1-1 battle with the Baggies when Cech made a seemingly innocuous pass to teammate Hector Bellerin but immediately went to ground realizing that he was not fit to continue. He had just made a brilliant save moments earlier, stopping a close-range shot by Darren Fletcher to keep the match level. His injury will be updated over the next couple of days.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Mar 18, 2017 09:12:00 AM

Arsenal were listless in attack and required their goalkeeper to come to the rescue on three strong Boro chances in the first half.

Arsenal had chances galore on the day but they just didn't bring their finishing boots after putting up six in mid-week. It was Petr Cech to the rescue as he saved from Adama Traore, Alvaro Negredo and Gaston Ramirez to keep a clean sheet for the home side.
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 02:55:00 PM

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.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 10:36:00 AM

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
Sat, Jul 9, 2016 04:43:00 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
Mon, Jun 13, 2016 11:03:00 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
Fri, Apr 15, 2016 10:24:00 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.
Fri, Apr 1, 2016 03:45:00 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.
Fri, Mar 4, 2016 11:31:00 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.
Thu, Mar 3, 2016 09:21:00 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.
Sun, Jan 17, 2016 01:14:00 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