Petr Cech set a new record for Premier League clean sheets last night as he kept Bournemouth at bay in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium.
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The 33-year-old’s 170th Premier League shutout, in his 352nd game, saw him surpass ex-Liverpool and Manchester City goalkeeper David James’s tally of 169.
Most of that total came during Cech’s spell at Chelsea, and several of his former Stamford Bridge teammates took to social media to congratulate the Czech.
Many of his Arsenal colleagues, a couple of goalkeeping greats and the previous record-holder were also among those to toast Cech’s fantastic achievement…
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Congratulations @PetrCech Premier League clean sheet record holder. Plenty more to come! What a guy!
— David James (@jamosfoundation) December 28, 2015
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 28, 2015
— Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) December 28, 2015
Those who could not fit their praise into 140 characters contributed to Arsenal.com‘s tribute:
“Petr, I just wanted to congratulate you on your record. I can promise that I won’t be able to break it – I’m a bit too old for that and I don’t think I’ll play so many years in the Premier League!”
– Germany and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer
“Petr, what a fantastic performer you are. You completely deserve it. You’re a top guy, a great goalkeeper.”
– Former Manchester United and Netherlands goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar
“Congratulations on breaking the record. You are one of the best goalkeepers in the history of the Premier League.”
– Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea
“A big congratulations to my good friend Petr Cech who is breaking the all-time Premier League clean-sheet record. I can speak highly enough of Pete, he’s a fantastic man who is a very good friend and a fantastic professional. Not only that, I think he’s been in the top few goalkeepers for a long time, maybe even the last 15 years.”
– Ex-Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard
“Congratulations to my friend Petr Cech. It’s a big achievement and I think Arsenal fans are really happy to have you at the club.”
– Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba
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