Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Watford on Sunday was key and not just for Arsene Wenger, who is able to keep the vultures from his door for a little while longer.
The shutout was also Petr Cech’s 200th in his Premier League career, the most of any player in the division’s history and fittingly, it was preserved by a penalty save from the former Chelsea man as he kept out Troy Deeney – who had scored one past him in the reverse fixture this season.
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 11, 2018
Cech – who is valued at £5.4m by Transfermarkt – had been stuck on 199 since the 1-0 win over Newcastle United in December but Arsenal’s much-publicised defensive frailties had prevented him from reaching the milestone sooner than he did.
It proved to be worth the wait as he reached his double century in style and Arsenal fans certainly enjoyed having something to celebrate; it’s a rare moment of relief in a season that has seen the pressure on Arsene Wenger increase to unprecedented levels as the Gunners look set for a second consecutive season of finishing outside the top four.
That meant their fans were keen to let Cech know just how pleased they were to see him make it 200-up and we’ve had a look at the best of the reaction…
— Lord Jan III (@ArsenalPoland) March 11, 2018
Congratulations thoroughly deserved and great pen save. My son was so proud to meet you today and walk out with you as mascot today. Thanks for looking after him so well.
— Dave Robson (@drobsoninsta) March 11, 2018
Ahhhhh so you wanted to avoid all those clean sheets so you can get your landmark vs Cojones Team. Fair play mate and congrats!
— ❌Ra'id❌⚽⚡️🇹🇹 (@MesutsTouch) March 11, 2018
Penalty save on the 200th cleansheet pic.twitter.com/JyPBC2sYae
— A.T.N.$🇧🇼 (@atnsthaxx) March 11, 2018
Well done on finally getting there Petr. Always been a professional. You're a legend.
— Jahan Miah (@AllAboutTheAFC) March 11, 2018
One of the best ever 👏👏👏
— Dren Shporta (@drenshp) March 12, 2018
Why did it take you so long??
— Andy Smith (@AndySmith_31081) March 11, 2018
I was there at Brighton and there today. Takes strength to come back from something like that to play like that. Respect.
— Patrick Green (@Mkbw50) March 11, 2018