Arsenal stopper Cech says he can play for another seven years at top level

The former Chelsea 'keeper has performed admirably for his new club this season.

Petr Čech has claimed that he could carry on playing for Arsenal for another seven years, and brought up the possibility of retiring from international football after EURO 2016.

The Czech Republic star's reassuring presence has made a huge difference for the Gunners this season, helping them to the third best defensive record in the league. His calming influence on Arsenal's back-line has given the team a level of confidence that was lacking in previous campaigns.

He spoke to his official website -, and said how it may be time to close the curtains on an international career that has seen him rack up 118 appearances for his country:

"After the Euros, I'm going to have to think through if i should play for the Czech national team further. I’m turning thirty-four and it’s time for me to consider it. The other day I thought: Isn’t it time after fourteen years on the national team to think about brining this chapter of your life to a close?"

In response to a question asking if he could play until he is 40, he went on to say how he thinks his club career can continue for a long while yet:

"I’m saying yes. As long as I’m positive that I’m a hundred percent ready to go to training when I get up in the morning, my career will go on. It’ll also depend on how my body takes it. So far so good."

The Arsenal stopper, who is currently out nursing a calf injury, won the title of Czech footballer of the year for the eighth time this season.

Arsenal fans will be hoping Cech's words come to fruition, and that he can help lead them to a new era of success.

He made history earlier in the year, over-taking David James, and becoming the record holder for the most Premier League clean-sheets, after a shut-out at home to Bournemouth.

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