Petr Cech breaks down in tears after conceding four in final game as Arsenal are humiliated in Europa League ahead of retirement

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AN EMOTIONAL Petr Cech struggled to hold back the tears after closing his glittering career with defeat in the Europa League final.

The 37-year-old Arsenal goalkeeper produced a series of fine saves to deny his former club Chelsea.

An emotional Petr Cech struggled to hold back the tears as he finished his stunning playing career with defeat in the Europa League Final
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But his heroics were not enough as the Gunners were thumped 4-1 by the Blues in Baku last night.

That was the final game of his 20-year professional career, and the realisation it was over appeared to hit him just as hard as the result.

And afterwards a number of heartbreaking images appeared of the veteran wiping tears from his eyes as he made his way off the pitch for the last time.

‘NO REGRETS’

Cech told BT Sports afterwards: “I’m proud of myself and I’m proud of the way I played today because when you play your last career game in the final there is a lot of pressure and speculation.

“I had to perform and I have to say I have done everything I can, and I can look back with no regrets apart from the fact we worked so hard all year to finish with nothing.

“This group of players do not deserve it because of how much work has been done this season.”

Cech has played 850 matches throughout his two-decade reign of dominance between the sticks and won 18 trophies.

His most-successful spell came during his nine years at Chelsea, lifting the Prem title four times and helping the Blues to Champions League glory in 2012.

NO BLUE CLUES

Before he took on his old employers speculation has been mounting he will be returning to Stamford Bridge this summer after hanging up his gloves.

The stopper is believed to have agreed to become their new sporting director.

However he refused to address those rumours when quizzed about it.

Cech said: “I kept saying I wanted to lift the trophy and then think about it.

“Until 30 June, I am an Arsenal player.”

Cech’s tears certainly hit home to many supporters watching at home.


And they took to Twitter after witnessing the heartbreaking scenes.

One fan wrote: “Just saw petr cech crying and I’m not okay.”

Another tweeted: “Seeing Petr Cech crying is so sad man..”

While another commented: “Petr Cech crying hit me hard.

And a Chelsea supporter said: “Only downside was watching Petr Cech crying after their loss. At least he’s coming back home to a club that wins more than the FA Cup!”

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