The Chelsea legend would be wearing Arsenal colours next season. [Picture: Getty]
Tomas Rosicky once said that signing Petr Cech would be a “great signing” for Arsenal. Cech and Rosicky are friends and they both play for the Czech Republic national team.
Both are centurions, and have been seen as two of the best players the country has ever produced. Does this mean that when the transfer of Cech is complete, Arsenal will have the two best ever Czech internationals?
Cech was first called up to the Czech national team as a 20-year-old in 2002; Rosicky was called up two years earlier in 2000 at the age of 19. Since then, both players have become a group of only three players, including themselves, to be capped 100 or more by the national team. Cech is only two caps away from equaling the record of 116 set by Poborsky.
Fan favourite Tomas Rosicky has signed a one year contract extension at Arsenal [Picture: Getty]
Both players have also captained the national team, Tomas Rosicky has been captain of the team since 2006. Leading any team as captain is a huge achievement, but leading your national team as captain for nine years is an achievement that should be remembered.
Cech and Rosicky have also been successful in their cub careers. Rosicky won the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund and two FA Cups with Arsenal; he has also made over 100 league appearances for both clubs.
Petr Cech’s career has been trophy laden, winning four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, a Europa League and a Champions League at Chelsea. That averages at around one trophy a year during his time in London. He is also their sixth highest appearance holder, making over 400 appearances for the Blues.
Both Cech and Rosicky are highly regarded in their country; they have won the Czech Footballer of the Year Award nine times between them. Rosicky has won the award three times, with Cech winning it an unprecedented six times.
Cech also holds the record for most wins in the Czech Republic’s other biggest football award, the Golden Ball, having won it eight times in nine years. Rosicky has won the award once, during his days at Borussia Dortmund.