Petr Cech: Why I’d rather win Arsenal title than set Premier League record
Petr Cech isn't concerned with personal accolades as Arsenal goalkeeper eyes Premier League title
Petr Cech says he would rather win the Premier League title with Arsenal than beat David James’s clean-sheet record.
The 33-year-old shot stopper squandered the chance to surpass the former England number one’s 169 Premier League shut-outs on Monday night after Yaya Toure scored a late consolation for Manchester City in their 2-1 loss at The Emirates.
I’d rather have the title than the clean sheet record
Cech moved level on 169 clean sheets with James earlier this month after Arsenal were 2-0 winners against Aston Villa before last night’s confidence-boosting victory over their Premier League title rivals in north London.
And the Arsenal summer signing explained why the Premier League title is more important than securing another personal achievement in an already distinguished career for the experienced goalkeeper.
“If we played a 0-0, I’d have the clean sheet record. But we’d only have a point. It isn’t about the clean sheet record, it’s about three points,” Cech told Arsenal’s Facebook page.
“If we win every game 2-1 from now until the end of the season, we will win the title. I’d rather have the title than the clean sheet record.
“It is a great personal achievement to equal the record but I hope it can come with a win.”
Cech moved to Arsenal from defending Premier League champions Chelsea in a £9m deal in the summer transfer window.
The Arsenal goalkeeper won four Premier League titles during an 11-year caareer at the west London outfit.