Arsenal legend David Seaman has coldly advised his old club to deny Petr Cech a start in his final game for next week’s Europa League final.
Four-time Premier League Golden Glove winner Cech will retire at the end of this season after losing his starting spot to Bernd Leno at Arsenal
The 37-year-old goalkeeper will leave football behind with four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three EFL cups, a Champions League and the Europa League.
And Cech has a chance to end his stunning 20-year career by winning a second Europa League against old club Chelsea.
Despite no longer being Arsenal’s number one for Premier League matches, the former Czech Republic international has started regularly in Europe.
But Seaman, who won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994 for the Gunners, reckons they would be wise to stick with Leno.
“My only thing is that Arsenal really need this; they need this more than Chelsea,” the ex-goalkeeper told Sky Sports.
“They need to get into the Champions League and I’m always for playing your strongest team. That means Leno, but I’m sure Cech will play because it’s his last ever game.”
Cech spent 11 seasons at Chelsea, where he made 494 appearances and won all four of his Premier League titles.
Despite leaving for London rivals Arsenal four years ago, it’s emerged that Cech could return to Chelsea in a sporting director role this summer.
Seaman added: “I was surprised when I heard it. I was really surprised at the timing of it. I was thinking, ‘is that Chelsea that’s brought that out, or someone from Arsenal?’
“Nothing’s been confirmed yet, so if Petr plays I wouldn’t be worried at all. He’s a true professional and even if he is going to join Chelsea, that wouldn’t make any difference to his performance.”