Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech awaiting 'special' reunion with Chelsea in FA Cup Final

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Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech admits that next month’s FA Cup Final will be even more special for him as it reunites him with his former Chelsea team-mates.

The 34-year-old won every major club trophy available during his nine years at Stamford Bridge before making the switch across London to the Emirates in 2015.

Cech will have a chance to get his hands one a first piece of silverware since that move at Wembley next month as two of the capital’s heavyweights do battle for the FA Cup. It is a reunion Cech is relishing.

“It’s going to be really special,” he said. “Every FA Cup Final is special and this time I’ll be playing against a team where I had huge success and spent so many wonderful years.

“Hopefully I’ll be the one who celebrates.”

Few had thought Arsenal would get as far as the Final when they were drawn with Manchester City in the semis but Arsene Wenger’s side put in one of their most complete performances in recent months to come from a goal behind to win 2-1 at Wembley.

Arsenal had weathered a storm in the first half and were growing into the game when City pounced on an error from Aaron Ramsey from a Gunners’ corner, Sergio Aguero bursting past Nacho Monreal to clip the opener over Cech.

Rather than be cowed by the deficit Arsenal roared back, Monreal converting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross to swiftly equalise before Alexis Sanchez scrambled home the winner in added time.

Cech said of the turnaround: “I thought we had a very good game in the first half. At the start of the second half you could see they tried to push a little bit more. Obviously we gave them the goal in a way a little bit because we had a corner and obviously it’s very disappointing to concede from a set play when you have it in your favour.

“But I have to say it was probably one situation where we failed to control them and they scored. On the other hand I thought the reaction of the team was great.

“I think the comeback from there, the importance of the equalizing goal, it obviously lifted us and the crowd. I thought from there it could have gone either way.”

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