By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Petr Cech has revealed his pride at breaking David James’ Premier League clean-sheet record.
The goalkeeper claimed his 170th shut-out in Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Bournemouth on Monday night to move past the former England international’s long-standing total.
It helped lift Arsene Wenger’s team to the Premier League summit as they bounced back from their 4-0 thrashing at Southampton on Boxing Day.
Speaking afterwards, Cech claimed he was delighted to reach the milestone.
“I must say at the end of the game I was proud,” he told the Arsenal website. “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.”
Cech had a far quieter match than he had at St Mary’s Stadium 48 hours earlier, when the Gunners’ defence was torn apart by the intensity and hunger of the home side.
Wenger rejigged his team on Monday night, making four changes as Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, the injured Mathieu Flamini and Joel Campbell were replaced by Gabriel, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Cech observed: “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.”