Arsenal managed to get past Stade Rennais in the Europa League to raise Petr Cech’s hopes of winning the trophy in the end, before his retirement.
The 36-year-old shot-stopper is set to hang up his boots after this very campaign and he plans on doing so with a medal hung around his neck.
The Gunners managed to progress to the Quarterfinals of the competition after overcoming a first leg embarrassment against the Ligue 1 outfit. They managed to overcome the 1-3 deficit with a 4-3 aggregate score through goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Cech told Arsenal’s official website, “My dream goes on – my dream is to retire with a trophy in my hands. Today we gave ourselves the chance for me to finish like this. There’s a long way to go but with performances like that, we can compete.”
The former Czech Republic international further added, “We said that if we were meant to go out, we’d go out with a big performance. Sometimes you give a big performance, you do everything right, you are unlucky and you can go out.”
“When you perform at the level we did, you know that you have a chance to go through. As soon as the game started, you could see the way the team played and fought together.”
“You know that you are giving yourselves a chance. We scored goals at important times and kept a clean sheet, which is what you need in a game like that.”
“This game was a tricky situation because at 2-0 up, you’re through, but they just need one goal. You know that you need the third goal regardless, and even then, if they score once, you’re going to extra time.”
“The 3-1 loss away put us in a very difficult situation, but we knew how to deal with that and we got what we deserved.”
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