Veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech is over the moon to have finally ended a frustrating wait for his 200th Premier League clean sheet after helping Arsenal beat Watford 3-0.
The 35-year-old produced one of his best performances in Arsenal colours saving a second-half penalty from the Hornets captain Troy Deeney to reach the milestone.
The victory over Watford completed a successful week for Arsenal having also defeated AC Milan 2-0 during mid-week’s Europa League quarter-finals.
Cech, who joined Arsenal from London rivals Chelsea, had to wait for eleven games to reach the landmark and saved his first ever penalty since joining the Arsene Wenger’s side.
“It’s been a while and I have to say it’s never happened that I’ve had to wait 11 games for a clean sheet,” the lanky goalkeeper told the club’s website.
“In the stretch, it was quite frustrating at times. We had so many games where we had a big result, especially at home when you take the games against Everton and Crystal Palace.”
“You are 4-0 up and conceded late goals. Sometimes you go through stretches like that as a team, as an individual and obviously you have to find your way out,” he added.
Victory over Watford took sixth-placed Arsenal to 48 points, but they are still eight points behind fifth-placed Chelsea in the race to secure Champions League football for next season.