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Arsenal hero Petr Cech explained his decision to change his legendary number after becoming a hockey player.

Cech told the Mail: “When I was a kid, I wanted to be an ice hockey player.

“For some reason when you see the goalies with the gear, the pads, the gloves, it resonated with me.

“Don’t get me wrong, I love football. But in terms of playing, I felt being an ice hockey goalie was more fun.

“But as a family, we couldn’t afford to buy all the equipment – the stick, the pads, helmet, gloves, everything. It was super expensive.

“So my dad [Vaclav] took me to football. The timing collided and in the end, football won”