Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech admits lifting the Europa League would be the “ideal scenario” to bring down the curtain on his glittering career.
The 36-year-old announced last month that he would retire at the end of the season, after winning 14 major trophies with Chelsea and the Gunners.
Having lost his place as first-choice goalkeeper at the Emirates Stadium to Bernd Leno, Cech has been relegated to playing in the cup competitions.
He will start for Unai Emery’s side when they face BATE Borisov in the first leg of their Europa League round-of-32 tie this evening – and he already has his eyes on the final.
“Of course that would be an ideal scenario for me to finish my career,” Cech said.
“We prepare every day for every competition and this is what we are aiming for.
“We try to win every game and progress step by step and as a club it is important for us to try and go as far as possible.
“Winning the Europa League is a great memory for everyone involved and secondly it can book you a place in the Champions League – so you can see, there is a lot to play for.”
BATE Borisov vs Arsenal kicks off at 5.55pm and Express Sport has rounded up the latest team news.
Arsenal injury news – who is out?
Arsenal will be without Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey for the first leg of their Europa League clash with BATE.
Neither player travelled to Belarus, with Ozil still feeling the effects of illness and Ramsey missing training during the week with a knee complaint.
Granit Xhaka (groin) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (illness) are back but Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Danny Welbeck, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding remain sidelined.
Arsenal boss Emery said: “The players we didn’t bring in the squad were because Aaron Ramsey did not train with us and Sokratis (Papastathopoulos) only started training yesterday and today – I don’t think it’s enough.
“Mesut is the same. Aubameyang, after he was sick, trained on Monday, yesterday and today, and I think he’s OK for the match.”
BATE Borisov vs Arsenal – how to watch
Live television coverage of the game will be shown on BT Sport 2 in the UK.
Existing customers will also be able to stream the match via the BT Sport app and on the company’s website.