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Petr Cech should not play for Arsenal in Europa League final, says David Seaman

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Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman says the Gunners should not start Petr Cech in the Europa League final against Chelsea

Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman says his old club should not play Petr Cech in the Europa League final.

The 37-year-old is retiring at the end of the season, meaning the final against his former club Chelsea will be his last game.

While he has been back-up to Bernd Leno in the Premier League this season, Cech has started regularly in the Europa League and is expected to play in Baku.

Cech's likely starting role against Chelsea on Wednesday also comes on the back of the news he is set to return to his former club as a sporting director in the summer.

Petr Cech celebrates with the Premier League trophy at Stamford Bridge on May 24, 2015
Image: Petr Cech spent 11 years at Chelsea before joining Arsenal

Seaman, who wore the gloves for Arsenal for 13 years, told Sky Sports News: "My only thing is that Arsenal really need this; they need this more than Chelsea.

"They need to get into the Champions League and I'm always for playing your strongest team. That means Leno, but I'm sure Cech will play because it's his last ever game."

Bernd Leno in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium on April 1, 2019
Image: Bernd Leno has established himself as Arsenal's first-choice goalkeeper since arriving from Bayer Leverkusen last summer

While Seaman is not concerned about a potential conflict of interest for the former Czech Republic international, he admitted he was taken aback by the news that Cech is set to return to Chelsea.

He said: "I was surprised when I heard it. I was really surprised at the timing of it. I was thinking, 'is that Chelsea that's brought that out, or someone from Arsenal?'

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"Nothing's been confirmed yet, so if Petr plays I wouldn't be worried at all. He's a true professional and even if he is going to join Chelsea, that wouldn't make any difference to his performance."

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You can follow all of the action of Chelsea vs Arsenal from Baku on the Sky Sports App and with our dedicated Champions League final live blog, which will feature the best build-up, commentary and reaction.

The Europa League final will take place on Wednesday, May 29; Kick-off is at 8pm.

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