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Arsenal keeper Cech passes on wisdom as career winds down

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has delivered some words of wisdom upon his exit from professional football.

The 37-year-old could go down as the greatest Premier League goalkeeper after a 15-year career in the top-flight with Arsenal and Chelsea, which includes four Premier League titles, five FA Cup successes, a Champions League win and Europa League crown.

And Cech has put down his success to one simple thing: hard work.

"I think everything goes down to work," a man who also earned 124 caps for the Czech Republic told Arsenal Player.

"You can have as much talent as you want, you can have so many opportunities from people around you, but if you don't work hard and you are not prepared to take them, your career can take a completely wrong direction or never kick off. I will say everything goes down to work and love for the game.

"You also need to keep challenging yourself and that you can learn at any age. People sometimes say, 'He is too old to learn'. No, it is not true.

"If you keep challenging yourself and you keep trying to get better, this is how you actually improve yourself and get better. I can tell you that at 37 years of age, at the end of my career I'm still learning and still improving every day because I actually work every day to get better.

"I think this is the only way to have a successful career and actually make the most of it. As best as you can be, this is actually the best advantage and the best way to have a great career."

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