Petr Cech says staying focused in training has proved more vital than ever given his lack of first team action.
The 36-year-old started the season as Unai Emery’s first choice keeper but since picking up a hamstring injury in October has had to settle for minutes in the cup competitions.
It’s not clear whether the situation led to his decision to retire but with the summer fast approaching he now knows he has a maximum of two games of his career remaining.
Facing the press ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg against Valencia, Cech reflected on a unique season.
“I think the key is in training,” he said of finding form between stints on the bench.
“You keep training at your best and together with my experience, you prepare during the week and even if you play regularly, the key still lies in training.
“If you prepare well then you’ll play well and with all the experience I have, I don’t feel a big difference. I feel prepared for every game.”
If Arsenal squander their two-goal advantage in the Mestalla, that will be it for Cech, however, he’s not allowing such thoughts to come into his head.
“We knew in this campaign we were in this position a few times,” he said.
“We lost the first leg away in Borisov, so the second leg could have been the last game in Europe for me. And then we lost in France, so each round was the same thing.
“Next time, with Napoli, we won at home but we respected the opponent going to Italy and we knew it was going difficult. Tomorrow is the same situation.
“We gave ourselves a two-goal cushion, but you know, two goals with the away goals now is an advantage but it’s not a decisive advantage.
“We can see that in the past and we can see it in the future, ties will get overturned with that deficit because football is about that. We respect the opponent tomorrow and it will be very difficult.
“We were on the right side of those little details when we won 3-1, so we keep our feet on the ground and we know that tomorrow is another difficult 90 minutes.”