Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has revealed his pride at breaking the Premier League’s clean-sheet record after he claimed his 170th shut-out in the 2-0 win against Bournemouth to move past David James’ long-standing total of 169.
Cech was tested more than his opposite number Artur Boruc early on, as Bournemouth’s Harry Arter opened up the defence with some through balls to lone striker Joshua King, who was twice denied by Cech to keep the game goalless before Gabriel Paulista and Mesut Ozil sealed three points at the Emirates.
But as the game went on, even when the Cherries found some space in the final third, there was no way past the Czech goalkeeper, who kept out Matt Ritchie’s 30-yard drive and celebrated his 170th top-flight clean sheet to set a new Premier League record.
Cech was delighted to reach the milestone, and says he was waiting for the final whistle to blow on Monday night.
“I must say at the end of the game I was proud. It is not every day you break the record of the best league in the world. I was really pleased we won the game as well because after the game we had at Southampton we had to bounce back in style.
“Overall we had a good performance and near the end, in the last five or 10 minutes, I started to check the clock as you start to think, ‘Okay, that is the game and you need to see it through and not concede’ and we did well not to.
“We concentrated until the last second because if even if you concede in the last three minutes then there is added time then it can be a very long five minutes. There can be a mistake and then you can lose the game and you need to concentrate from the start to the finish.
“It cannot be easy sometimes when you are in control and you are 2-0 up and the opposition is pushing for that goal. You have to make sure you are professional, organised and do the right things and today we knew how to do it.” Cech told Arsenal Player.