On This Day in 2015 – Petr Cech claims new clean-sheet record with 170th shutout

Chelsea v Arsenal – UEFA Europa League – Final – Olympic Stadium
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Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech racked up a new record 170th Premier League clean sheet on this day five years ago.

The Czech Republic stopper helped Arsenal shut out Bournemouth 2-0 on the south coast in 2015 to move ahead of David James in the Premier League clean-sheet stakes.

Cech’s eighth shutout for Arsenal added to his 162 amassed across his 11-year career with previous club Chelsea.

Arsenal v Everton – Premier League – Emirates Stadium

Petr Cech has more Premier League clean sheets than any other goalkeeper (Nick Potts/PA)

The reliable goalkeeper’s 170th clean sheet came in his 352 Premier League appearance.

“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,” said Cech at the time.

Cech eventually brought down the curtain on a glittering career in 2019, with his final match coming as Arsenal were thumped 4-1 by his former club Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku.

The former Rennes goalkeeper moved straight from standing between the Arsenal sticks into Chelsea’s boardroom upon his retirement.

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Cech returned to Stamford Bridge as a technical director, as his former team-mate Frank Lampard took the helm as manager in west London.

This season Cech has made a comeback of sorts, featuring for Chelsea’s under-23s side.

Chelsea registered the 38-year-old in their Premier League squad as a precautionary move to help in any possible coronavirus-related availability crisis.

Cech had been training with and helping to coach Chelsea’s goalkeepers, and boss Lampard took the chance to add him to the club’s top-flight ranks.

Chelsea’s development under-23 side rallied from leaking two early goals to beat Tottenham 3-2 on Monday, December 14.

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