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Cech is the toast of the Premier League as Arsenal win

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Record breaker Cech
Record breaker Cech

Petr Cech kept his 170th Premier League clean sheet in Arsenal's 2-0 win against Bournemouth, beating the record for the most shut-outs in the history of the competition.

Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League with their victory at Emirates Stadium, as another Mesut Ozil masterclass inspired Arsene Wenger's men to bounce back from their defeat at Southampton on St Stephen's Day.

Ozil has been in scintillating form for the Gunners and racked up yet another assist before converting after a classy exchange with Olivier Giroud as they took advantage of Leicester playing on Tuesday to move clear at the summit.

Yet it was Cech who took the applause at the end of the game, as he beat the record he jointly held with David James for clean sheets.

James was quick to offer his congratulations to Cech with this Twitter message:

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger offered this tribute to the keeper he signed from Chelsea last summer.

"I think he can be very proud of that record because it is a remarkable achievement," said Wenger.

"People once again don’t realise how much commitment is behind that, the focus and consistency in his attitude. On top of that he is a a remarkably gifted goalkeeper. The consistency is the most difficult to achieve for somebody."

Wenger also offered fulsome praise to Ozil after his latest magical performance at the heart of the Arsenal midfield.

"I have seen a few good games from Ozil but what is important is that he convinces everybody that he is not only a talented player but a player that is always willing to work for the team and work hard," he stated. 

"He has added scoring goals to his assists and overall he is a complete player.

"I have not seen many of that quality but I was quite lucky in my career. For me I don’t like to compare players and he is an exceptional player.

"I think you have to give me credit that I defended that point of view even when you were sceptical about it.

"What is very important is that he comes as good as he can be and he is on his way. Is there a lot left? I don’t know, but what he is doing at the moment is fantastic."