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Cech: I have never had to wait so long!

13 Mar 2018

Arsenal goalkeeper relieved to become first to achieve 200 PL clean sheets after saving his first penalty for Gunners

Petr Cech expressed his relief as his first clean sheet in 12 Premier League matches secured a landmark in the competition.

After reaching 199 clean sheets in a 1-0 win over Newcastle United on 16 December, the Arsenal goalkeeper conceded in each of his next 11 top-flight matches.

But the 35-year-old became the first goalkeeper to reach 200 PL clean sheets on Sunday, making a first penalty save in Arsenal colours to reach the double-century in a 3-0 win over Watford.

“It’s been a while and I have to say that it’s never happened that I’ve had to wait 11 games for a clean sheet,” Cech told Arsenal's official website.

Petr Cech's PL clean sheets
Club Clean sheets Matches
Chelsea 162 333
Arsenal 38 99

“In the stretch it was quite frustrating at times.

"Sometimes you go through stretches like that as a team, as an individual, and obviously you have to find your way out.”

His manager also paid a personal tribute to the Czech.

"I have a huge respect for consistency," Arsene Wenger said. "It shows a huge level of motivation and intelligence, and he shows plenty of that."

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