Petr Cech breaks Premier League clean sheet record in Arsenal's win over Bournemouth
By Peter Smith
Last Updated: 29/12/15 12:07pm
Petr Cech set a new Premier League clean sheets record with his shutout in Arsenal's 2-0 win over Bournemouth.
The goalkeeper has now kept 170 clean sheets in 352 Premier League appearances, putting him clear of second-placed David James (169 clean sheets) and Mark Schwarzer in third (152).
Cech joined the Gunners in a £10m deal last summer and his eighth clean sheet for the club helped them return to the top of the Premier League.
Cech had previously kept the opposition at bay on a remarkable 162 occasions during his 11 years with Chelsea.
As well as Cech and Schwarzer - Leicester City's reserve goalkeeper - Everton's Tim Howard is the only other current player in the top 10 Premier League clean sheets list.
Cech said: "It's a great personal achievement and I felt really proud at the end of the game because if you look at the names in the clean sheet numbers and you see all those fantastic goalkeepers who had been playing and are still playing in this league then obviously it is a great achievement to top the list.
"I'm very pleased after the game we had at Southampton that the clean sheet brought three points as well because we won 2-0.
"I believe that this is the best league in the world and one of the most difficult leagues to play for a goalkeeper so to have achieved such a record, obviously, it's a great personal achievement so I'm really proud of that.
"What makes me happy the most, probably, 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."
Most Premier League clean sheets
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