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Petr Cech saves penalty on the way to incredible Premier League clean sheet record

The Arsenal goalkeeper saved Troy Deeney's second half penalty in a 3-0 win over Watford

You have to hand it to Petr Cech.

The timeless keeper has been a legend throughout the Premier League years both at Chelsea and Arsenal.

After handing Brighton two goals last week and admitting responsibility for his gaffes publicly, Cech stepped and performed brilliantly against Watford.


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200 clean sheets right there

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200 clean sheets right there

Arsenal took a two-goal lead through Shkodran Mustafi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before the Hornets were awarded a penalty just after the hour mark.

Troy Deeney, who famously said Arsenal don’t have the cojones to beat them, stepped up and Cech tricked him with a faint and batted away the shot which was straight down the middle.

It was just a small part of an assured display between the sticks and it meant Cech became the first keeper to keep 200 Premier League clean sheets.


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Great save from a brilliant keeper

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Great save from a brilliant keeper

The Sky Sports pundits debated after the game whether he is the best Premier League keeper ever and it is a very fair question.

Cech’s save from Deeney was the first penalty he has saved in an Arsenal shirt on his 16th attempt.

And after nine clean sheets in his first 18 games this season, Cech had then been stuck on 199 clean sheets for the next 11 games.

Other than the penalty, it was a strong defensive display from the Gunners and then clean sheet was secured with Cech’s brilliance from the spot kick.

Who’s got the cojones now?

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Who’s got the cojones now?

Amazingly Cech set the record for the clean sheet double century over 13 years after his first shutout on his debut for Chelsea against Man United back in 2004.

With 13 major trophies as a number one, and at the age of 35, one of the best keepers of our generation deserved to reach this brilliant milestone.

Cech’s man-of-the-match performance was a brilliant way to bring it up, especially seeing as a Watford goal at 2-0 would have changed the whole complexion of the game.

Although the official attendance was recorded as over 59,000 the pictures on TV suggested that hardly any Arsenal fans turned up to see their goalkeeper break the record.

To be fair, unlike West Ham fans, this is how a protest should be carried out.

Hitting the board where it hurts.


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