ARSENAL goalkeeper Petr Cech is hanging up his boots this summer because he has “had enough” of the hard work at the Emirates.
That is the belief of ex-Arsenal star and Premier League pundit Charlie Nicholas.
The 36-year-old has decided to call it a day for his playing career at the end of this season.
Cech was the Gunners’ No.1 since arriving from Chelsea in 2015 up until this term.
But Arsenal’s summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen, Bernd Leno, has overtaken him in the pecking order.
The Premier League legend has played a bit-part role in Unai Emery’s first campaign in charge.
However, it has not proved much smoother under the Spaniard’s guidance with Arsenal sitting fifth in the table.
They are also on the verge of being dumped out of the Europa League after Cech and his team-mates suffered a 3-1 defeat away to Rennes on Thursday in their round-of-16 first leg.
Nicholas feels Cech has decided the project at Arsenal is too much “hard work” at his age.
“He’s come to Arsenal and it’s been nothing but hard work for him”
Asked if the Gunners are as poor now as they were last season under Wenger, Nicholas said on Sky Sports: “Yes, I say it all the time, yes.
“Defensively a mess, no leadership, no guidance, even with Cech coming back.
“I can actually see why he’s decided to say ‘do you know what, I’ve had enough’.
“He’s come to Arsenal and it’s been nothing but hard work for him.
“This was a world-class goalkeeper.
“He’s come to Arsenal, tried to give them a little bit of knowledge, assistance as best as he can.
“It’s as if they just don’t listen. They play truly as individuals.”
Leno is expected to replace Cech back in goal again tomorrow when Arsenal host Manchester United in their crunch Premier League top-four showdown (4.30pm).