Petr Cech says he’d love to draw a line under his glittering playing career with an Arsenal victory in the Europa League.
The 36-year-old, who won the competition with Chelsea in 2012/13, announced in January that he’ll retire at the end of the season meaning his last game as a professional could be May’s final in Baku, Azerbaijan.
“Of course, that would be an ideal scenario for me to finish in my career,” said Cech when asked about the possibility of signing off with another trophy.
“We prepare every day for every competition and I think this is what we are aiming for. We aim to win every game and improve step-by-step.
“For us as a club it’s obviously very important for us to go as far as possible and if you win the Europa League it’s a great memory for every player and secondly you can book your place in the Champions League. So as you can see, there is a lot to play for.”
Speaking from Minsk where Arsenal are preparing to take on BATE Borisov in the Europa League’s first knockout round, Cech underlined how important it is that his teammates focus on each game as they come in their pursuit of Champions League football.
“My thought is that every match is a big challenge,” he reflect. “In the Premier League, Carabao Cup, the FA Cup and now in the Europa League.
“Our target is clear; to play next year in the Champions League. But we know it’s not easy and we have two ways now. One is Europa League, but to win the Europa League is very difficult.
“We know it’s a very big challenge in the last 32 against BATE Borisov and then other matches. But in the Premier League also we are with the possibility to take this position to play in the Champions League next year.
“But our challenge is to only think of the next game and the next game is tomorrow. We have to continue working and improving things collectively and individually for us. We know we need to work hard, to improve and to be better towards this way in two competitions.”