Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is going into the North London Derby against Tottenham Hotsours in a confident mood majorly because he has Petr Cech in goal for the gunners.
The former Chelsea number one is so experienced and has made a total of 344 appearances in the Premier League since moving to England in 2004. The gunners made a shock move for the Helmet wearing star despite rarely being used by Chelsea last season.
But it has proved a worthy gamble as Cech is just one clean sheet away from equalling David James’s record of 169 shutouts in the top flight – six of the clean sheets have come this season, and Wenger feels that the 33-year-old is one of the best goalkeepers to grace the Premier League.
“I believe there is no coincidence. It’s just class, consistency and quality, and knowing him well after a few months, I am not surprised. He analyses everything,” Wenger told reporters.
“He is gifted, super-talented and he is one of the greatest goalkeepers ever seen in this country. He plays in a position where age is less of a restriction than in any other job. I think 37 or 38. “Some go longer but once you start to have a “four” the intensity is more difficult. Van der Sar was close to 40 and still doing well.”
Arsenal are in a rich vein of form in the premier league at the moment but will have to bounce back mentally from defeat in the UEFA Champions League against Bayern Munich if they want to beat Spurs who are unbeaten in their last ten domestic matches with star man Harry Kane netting four times in two games.