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Cech: This Arsenal hero was one of the finest keepers in the world…

Petr Cech has labelled Arsenal legend David Seaman as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

The current Gunners number one first cast his eye on the pony-tailed gloveman at the 1996 European Championships and felt that he was one of those players a team was built around.

"The Euro '96 in England was one of those tournaments where the Czech Republic were doing really well and simultaneously England were doing really well," Cech toldArsenal Player ahead of the club's legends match versus AC Milan Glorie this weekend.

"He had a great tournament in '96 and it was the first time I had the chance to see him play. I had never seen him, but I knew that he was one of the finest goalkeepers in the world while he was playing.

"If you speak to anyone in a collective sport where you have goals, everybody tells you that the goalkeeper is the base of every success and every defence.

"You need a goalkeeper capable of helping everyone and being a real help to the back four and the team in important moments.

"As well, not only in the saves but the way, you play you need to make sure everybody has the confidence to play in front of you. I think David Seaman is 100 per cent one of those goalkeepers where the back four knew they had a great guy behind them and they knew they could rely on him and could trust him."

Andrew Slevison
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