Petr Cech equaled David James’ record of 183 Premier League clean sheets when he shut out Aston Villa during Arsenal’s 2-0 win on Sunday afternoon.
It was the former Chelsea stopper’s 169th clean sheet in the top flight of English football, but he has reached that total having played more than 200 games less than the former England international.
The majority of Cech’s clean sheets came during his 11 years with Chelsea, but he can now set the new record when Arsenal play Manchester City in a table-topping clash next Monday.
The keeper has been key so far this season to the Gunners’ high-flying Premier League campaign, and their progression through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
His £10 million transfer across London has proved to be one of the best buys of the summer, despite supporter unrest that Arsene Wenger didn’t invest in any outfield signings.
The Czech Republic international has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League for more than a decade, and this latest record-equaling feat confirms that he’s still got it.
It was thought that Cech had equaled the record not long after his move to the Emirates, but he then revealed that four of his clean sheets didn’t count as they occurred in games where he didn’t play
the full 90 minutes.
However, he is now tied with James from matches he has played from start to finish and will look to break the record when Arsenal host City next week.
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