Cech eyes parting gift for new manager Emery
Arsenal made history on Thursday night, coming back from two-goals down in a European knock-out tie for the first time since playing in the Fairs Cup in the 1970s.
It was a superb display against Rennes to win the game 3-0 and take tie 4-3 on aggregate. There’s now a strong chance that Unai Emery will finish his first season in charge of Arsenal with some silverware, and an elusive piece of European silverware at that.
Winning the Europa League would be a fantastic way for Emery to finish his first season and announce his future project with Arsenal, but also it would be a fitting send off for Petr Cech who could find himself facing Chelsea in the final.
Arsenal certainly have the harder route to the final having been drawn against arguably the toughest team left in the competition in Napoli. However, should Arsenal manage to get past Carlo Ancelotti’s side the remaining games, on paper, become much easier and you’d have to agree with betbrain.co.uk that Arsenal would be the clear bookies favourites to claim the trophy.
Petr Cech is clearly relishing the remaining fixtures of his illustrious career stating:
‘My dream is to retire with a trophy in my hands. We gave ourselves a chance for me to finish like this. There’s a long way to go but with performances like that, we can compete.
‘As soon as the game started you could see the way the team played and fought together. When you perform at the level we did, you know you have a chance to go through. We scored goals at important times and kept clean sheet.’
Cech will retire from football at the end of this season and his career has been second to none. Sadly he won the majority of his trophies with Chelsea but I imagine that closing out his career at the age of 37 with Arsenal’s first major European trophy would be right up there in special moments for the veteran goalkeeper.
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