Pundit: This Arsenal star was first class during messy Burnley affair

Garth Crooks was impressed with Petr Cech's performance in Arsenal's 2-1 win against Burnley on Sunday afternoon

Petr Cech was first class throughout Arsenal’s messy 2-1 win against Burnley at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, according to Garth Crooks.

The Czech Republic international was required to make six saves during the Premier League clash as the 33-year-old managed to keep Burnley at bay until added time in north London.

Shkodran Mustafi broke the deadlock with a close-range header in the second half before Francis Coquelin conceded a stoppage-time penalty, which allowed Andre Gray to level from the spot despite Cech’s best efforts.

Arsenal managed to rescue three point after the hosts were awarded a late penalty of their own which Alexis Sanchez duly dispatched to spare the home side’s blushes on Sunday afternoon.

Writing in his BBC Sport column about the best goalkeeper in the Premier League at the weekend, ex-Tottenham forward Crooks singled out Cech’s performance for special praise.

“I was tempted to go for Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois for another clean sheet. His save from Hull’s Oumar Niasse in the closing minutes nearly clinched it, but I have gone for Petr Cech,” Crooks said.

“The former Chelsea keeper was first class throughout the messy affair. He took a blow to the head that caused a moment’s concern but recovered to put in a solid performance against a very dangerous Burnley.”

Crooks added: “You can count on Cech to be professional in a crisis and there were times in this match when Arsenal seemed to be out of control.”

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Arsenal hoisted themselves above Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool into second place courtesy of their 2-1 win.

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