The Premier League will soon be losing one of its best ever stars, with current Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech having recently announced his intention to retire come the end of the present 2018/19 campaign.
After experiencing huge success at Chelsea, the former Czech Republic international arrived at the Emirates with Arsenal, but his time there hasn’t gone as well as initially planned.
Nevertheless, the now 36-year-old will still go down as one of the greatest shot stoppers ever to grace England’s top-flight division.
With the debate over who is, in fact, the best goalie from the Premier League era, and in light of Cech’s recent announcement, here are five of the best ever men between the posts in the top tier.
Starting with the man of the moment, Petr Cech. The Gunners stopper has endured an indifferent spell in north London under both Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery, but his previous success at the Blues make him one of the best ever.
As part of Jose Mourinho’s title-winning Chelsea sides, Cech was a vital component, using his sheer size and imposing presence to help the Blues to silverware success. The capital club could do with a prime Cech this term after some struggles but they are 3/1 in the Premier League betting from bet365 to miss out on the top four this term.
When the argument over who is the best-ever Premier League goalkeeper ever comes up, Peter Schmeichel’s name is always mentioned in the number one bracket.
And rightly so. The Manchester United legend was key to much of the Red Devils’ dominance under Sir Alex Ferguson for eight years, including that famous 1999 treble-winning season.
If ever a nickname was fully apt, David Seaman’s self-proclaimed tag as ‘Safe Hands’ was just that.
The Arsenal legend was a commanding presence as part of Arsene Wenger’s Gunners sides and, aside from a nagging weakness of being lobbed by Brazilians from distance, he was as solid as a goalkeeper the Premier League has ever seen.
David De Gea
It seems every time that Man Utd take to the pitch David de Gea makes the headlines for his sensational acrobatics between their posts in the Premier League.
The Spain international is arguably the greatest shot-stopper the division has ever witnessed, with his heroics helping the Red Devils each and every season. Dave Saves, after all.
Edwin van der Saar
Another former Old Trafford hero next on the list in the form of Dutchman Edwin van der Saar.
Sir Alex Ferguson hailed the towering goalie as one of his greatest ever signings and it’s hard to argue considering the silverware that he helped the club obtain during his time there. In the 2008/09 season, Van der Saar set the world league clean sheet record by not conceding a single goal for 1,311 minutes.