Belfast Telegraph

Clean sheets can lead to title joy, insists Petr Cech

Arsenal's record-breaking goalkeeper Petr Cech knows all about keeping clean sheets and the importance they play in winning Premier League titles.

The 33-year-old secured his 170th Premier League shut-out in Monday's 2-0 win over Bournemouth - a result which also saw the Gunners move to the top of the table and Cech enter the history books.

He was Arsene Wenger's only summer acquisition at the Emirates Stadium, signed from rivals Chelsea. In picking up his eighth league clean sheet for his new side, Cech surpassed David James' old record.

"I feel really proud," he said after the game. "I believe that this is the best league in the world and one of the most difficult leagues to play in for a goalkeeper so to have achieved such a record, it's a great achievement so I'm proud.

"What makes me happy the most is that these clean sheets so far brought four Premier League trophies, so hopefully we will add clean sheets this season and we will celebrate at the end of the season, because this is far more important."

Having lifted the trophy four times across London at Chelsea, he is a perfect judge of title-winning credentials - and he spots that in his current dressing room.

"We don't feel overwhelmed when we win," he added. "You are disappointed when you lose but the reaction and consistency of the work is very important and we've been doing that.

"Now going into the New Year, we are in a position where we can actually aim for our targets."

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