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'keeper Petr Cech said on Tuesday he was happy to finally get back the No 1 shirt he wore throughout his 11 seasons at Chelsea, but
never with the Gunners.
Cech joined Arsenal in 2015 at age 33 so he picked a shirt No 33.
"I already wanted No 1 when I came but it belonged to Wojciech
Szczesny at the time," the 36-year-old Czech keeper told the public
"Last season when he left, it was at the last possible moment so I couldn't get it either."
"When they asked me if I would take it this year, of course I was
happy to have the opportunity," added Cech, who has a record 201 clean
sheets from 436 Premier League games.
When Cech started his top-flight career at Czech side Blsany in 1999,
he wore No 12. Then he put on No 17 at Sparta Prague.
After his move to Stade Rennes of France in 2002, he wore number 34,
but then switched to number one when he joined Chelsea in 2004.
He also wore the No 1 shirt in the Czech Republic national
team, for which he played a record 124 games until his retirement in
Cech is not the only Gunner to get a new number for next season -
Mohamed Elneny has swapped No 35 for 4, Granit Xhaka 29 for 34 and Hector
Bellerin 24 for 2, according to the Arsenal website.