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Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech signs with ICE HOCKEY club Guildford Phoenix

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Petr Cech signs with ICE HOCKEY club Guildford Phoenix until the end of the season and will make debut on Sunday

  • Petr Cech retired from professional football at the end of last season
  • He has been working as a technical and performance advisor at Stamford Bridge
  • But Cech has also picked up a new sport and will play for Guildford Phoenix 

Former goalkeeper Petr Cech has made a shock change of sport after signing for ice hockey club Guildford Pheonix until the end of the season.

Cech retired from professional football at the end of last season and has been training with the club as he bids to begin his ice hockey career. 

The former Arsenal and Chelsea goalkeeper will be playing as a netminder for the Surrey-based club for the campaign and admitted he is delighted to make the switch to a new sport.

Petr Cech has signed with ice hockey club Guildford Phoenix until the end of the season

Cech retired from football at the end of last season and has been training with the club

Cech retired from football at the end of last season and has been training with the club

Cech retired from football at the end of last season and has been training with the club

He said: ‘I am delighted to have the opportunity to play with the Pheonix to get the match experience. 

‘I hope I can help this young team to achieve their goals for the season and try to win as many games as possible when I have the chance to play. 

‘After 20 years of professional football this is going to be a wonderful experience for me to play the game I loved to watch and play as a kid.’

Cech admitted he is delighted to make the switch to a new sport after watching it as a kid

Cech admitted he is delighted to make the switch to a new sport after watching it as a kid

Cech admitted he is delighted to make the switch to a new sport after watching it as a kid

The Pheonix head coach Andy Hemmings said: ‘The signing of Petr is massive for the Pheonix.

‘He is a great guy who trains hard and I cannot wait to see him make his debut’.  

Cech, who is currently a technical and performance advisor at Stamford Bridge, retired from football at the end of last season.

Cech is currently a technical and performance advisor at Stamford Bridge after retiring

Cech is currently a technical and performance advisor at Stamford Bridge after retiring

Cech is currently a technical and performance advisor at Stamford Bridge after retiring

The Czech goalkeeper kept 202 clean sheets in a Premier League career spanning 15 years, 11 with Chelsea and four with Arsenal.

He won the Premier league four times, the FA cup four times, the League Cup three times and picked up a Champions League winner’s medal in 2011-12. 

Cech now works with Frank Lampard and the rest of the backroom staff at Stamford Bridge on transfers and youth policy.



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Arsenal legend Ian Wright pinpoints the Unai Emery decision which ‘baffles’ him

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright is “baffled” by the lack of football played by Mesut Ozil so far this season.

Ozil has made just two appearances this term, starting the 2-2 Premier League draw with Watford and 5-0 Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest.

However, the German has not featured in head coach Unai Emery’s last three match day squads.

Emery has confirmed Ozil is not injured and his absence is purely down to selection.

Wright, though, wants to see the 31-year-old back in a Gunners shirt sooner or later.

The former striker claims even if Emery wants to sell Ozil in January, prospective clubs will want to have seen him in action recently.

“I want to see more offensive players on the pitch in positions where we’re going to be able to hurt teams,” Wright told Premier League Productions.

“I don’t know what’s happened with Ozil, I’m not sure that we as a club can afford to have a player of that calibre, paying what they’re paying him, which is always going to be mentioned, not even in the squad, not even there at all.

“Because if that’s the case then what’s he doing to that asset?

“Is he going to go in January? Is that what he’s trying to say to us?

“Because for me he should be playing, he should be involved and even if he doesn’t like him, for whatever reason, you’ve got to play him if you want to get rid of him simply because you want people to see that he’s still a quality player. So that one baffles me.”

Arsenal are back in Premier League action next Monday when they visit promoted side Sheffield United.

The Gunners are currently third in the table, eight games into the season, having won half their matches.

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Arsenal ace Eddie Nketiah backed to end Leeds United loan deal early

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Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has been backed by Darren Bent to look for a move elsewhere in January after struggling to nail down a spot during his loan spell at Leeds United.

Nketiah joined Championship side Leeds on a season-long loan from Arsenal during the summer transfer window.

He has scored four goals in his nine appearances under Marcelo Bielsa but is yet to start a league game.

And Bent does not want the 20-year-old to fall by the wayside like Saido Berahino did.

“[Nketiah] needs to be playing games,” Bent said on talkSPORT.

“We’ve seen for England Under-21s, we’ve seen over the years to be fair, a lot of strikers, you look at Saido Berahino, you look at his England Under-21 record, it’s as good as anyone’s, he couldn’t nail it down in the league.

“I think for Eddie Nketiah, he’s not playing at Leeds because [Patrick] Bamford’s in the way of him at the minute, and to be fair to Bamford he works extremely hard, and I think that’s the inly thing that’s keeping him in the team at the minute.

“Bielsa likes a hard-working side, he certainly puts defenders under pressure, shuts people down.

“But for someone like Nketiah and Arsenal Football Club, Arsenal are probably looking at this situation and saying ‘listen, we really believe in this kid but he needs to be playing games’.

“At the minute he’s got an impossible task trying to move [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and [Alexandre] Lacazette but he’s never going to get the opportunity to do that if he’s not playing games.

“So I think he may in January have a look at going somewhere else.”

Nketiah scored a hat-trick for the England Under-21s in the 5-1 win over Austria on Wednesday and he impressed former Spurs striker Bent.

“The first one was instinctive, the cross comes in, someone knocks it down, he was just in the right place at the right time, swivels, puts it in,” Bent added.

“The second one a header, again gets himself in the six-yard box between the centre-halves, no one really picks him up, comes in, great header into the far corner.

“And the last one was arguably my favourite, which is a tap in.”

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Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder says his team are confident as they prepare to host Gunners

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‘We fancy our chances and we are bullish’: Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder says his team are confident ahead of Arsenal test as they prepare to welcome Gunners to Bramall Lane

  • Sheffield United take on third-placed Arsenal at home on Monday night
  • The Blades have won twice and lost three as the promoted side look to stay up 
  • Unai Emery’s Arsenal have won four games and lost just once and sit in third
  • Chris Wilder says he believes his players can get something from the game  

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has promised his players will be full of confidence going into Monday night’s home clash with Arsenal.

The Blades have made a decent to the Premier League season and are 13th having picked up nine points from eight games, with two wins and a point away at Chelsea.

While Arsenal are sitting in third place, just a point behind second-placed Manchester City, Wilder believes his side can come away with a result after narrowly losing to leaders Liverpool in their last home game.

Chris Wilder's men took a point away at Chelsea and narrowly lost to league leaders Liverpool

Chris Wilder’s men took a point away at Chelsea and narrowly lost to league leaders Liverpool

‘Arsenal are an historic, iconic club and it is another brilliant fixture for us as a football club,’ he said.

‘I thought we played well against Liverpool but we need to pick up something from the game this time and we believe we can do that. We went after Liverpool when we could and picked our times, and we will do that against Arsenal.

‘We are competitive and we fancy our chances and we are bullish. At the same time, however, understanding the threat and pace and power that Arsenal have in the top end of the pitch – we must respect that.’ 

The Blades will make their return to Premier League action in front of the television cameras on Monday night, giving boss Chris Wilder extra time to finalise his plans following the international break.

The Blades are hopeful of making an impact in the league this season after being promoted

The Blades are hopeful of making an impact in the league this season after being promoted

The Blades are hopeful of making an impact in the league this season after being promoted

Injured trio John Fleck, Oli McBurnie and David McGoldrick will be given every opportunity to prove their fitness ahead of the game. McGoldrick missed Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers with the groin injury, while fellow striker McBurnie pulled out of the Scotland squad with a knee problem.

Meanwhile, midfielder Fleck made his Scotland debut in the defeat in Russia before also withdrawing from the squad through injury ahead of the win against San Marino.

Wilder said: ‘We’ll give them as much time as possible. They are important players for us so we will give them enough time and opportunities to be available for Monday night. 

‘We can’t take risks on them and take a big gamble of sticking them out there, that wouldn’t be fair on the fit players either.’ 

Arsenal will provide a stern test at Bramall Lane, with Unai Emery's side unbeaten since August

Arsenal will provide a stern test at Bramall Lane, with Unai Emery's side unbeaten since August

Arsenal will provide a stern test at Bramall Lane, with Unai Emery’s side unbeaten since August

Goalkeeper Dean Henderson has already returned fit and well from England duty and Wilder is hoping Republic of Ireland trio Enda Stevens, John Egan and Callum Robinson do likewise.

He said: ‘The international boys will be back in today, so fingers crossed that they come back healthy – and early indications are that they are okay.

‘We’ve talked about how proud we are that a few of our boys are involved on the international scene now and a couple of them had tough games last night for the Republic (of Ireland).

‘We want as much time to prepare as possible and playing on the Monday night does give us an extra couple of days to do that, which we need when we are coming up against a side as tough as Arsenal.’ 



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