By Coral Barry

Petr Cech has spoken of his delight at equalling the Premier League clean sheet record.

The Arsenal goalkeeper drew level with David James on 169 clean sheets after he kept out Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon as Arsenal recorded a 2-0 victory.

It was the Gunners’ third win in a row, following their 3-1 victory over Sunderland last weekend and their memorable 3-0 Champions League triumph over Olympiakos in midweek.

Cech barely had a save to make on what was one of the more comfortable matches of the 33-year-old’s decade in the English top flight, but he acknowledged the significance of the milestone afterwards.

”Of course it’s an unbelievable personal achievement,” Cech told Sky Sports on Sunday afternoon. “Obviously I hope that I will continue to grow the final number and hope it will help us to stay top of the league and to have a chance to fight for the title. It would be absolutely magnificent.

“Obviously I am delighted to equal the record but I am more delighted to win the three points.”

Arsenal’s victory at Villa Park lifted them to 33 points as they climbed to the top of the Premier League, one ahead of Manchester City.

Leicester will reclaim top spot from Arsene Wenger’s team if they beat Chelsea at home on Monday night.