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Cech on 200th EPL clean sheet & first Arsenal penalty save - FCNaija

EPL By: Collins Udeme | 11/03/2018

Petr Cech, Arsenal FC

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has reacted to his first penalty save in Arsenal's colours and his 200th Premier League clean sheet.

Arsenal ended a run of three successive Premier League defeats as Petr Cech saved a penalty to help secure a fine 3-0 victory over Watford.

Cech becomes the first goalkeeper in Premier League history to keep 200 clean sheets, with 38 of those coming for current club Arsenal (162 for Chelsea).

Cech's 200th EPL clean sheet ends Arsenal's home slump - FCNaija

Speaking to the Sky Sports in a post-match interview: "We knew were on a difficult run at the moment, we had to look at ourselves and we had a big result in midweek in Milan and I felt we carried the determination into today.

On first penalty save for Arsenal: "He scored the penalty when we played in the first game over there. Sometimes you just go with the feeling and today I felt it was going to be the right moment. My timing was quite good to put him off probably. It all clicked this time."

On 200th Premier League clean sheet: "It is an unbelievable personal milestone. The first 18 games with nine clean sheets got me to 199 but then the last 11 games was sometimes frustrating but the most important thing is to win and so it was defeats that was more frustrating." said the shot stopper

Shkodran Mustafi headed in Mesut Ozil's left-wing free-kick to give the Gunners an eighth-minute lead, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang collected Henrikh Mkhitaryan's pass to add a second.

Watford had a chance to pull one back but Troy Deeney's penalty was saved by Petr Cech, who secured the 200th Premier League clean sheet of his career.

Mkhitaryan sealed Arsenal's victory, their first league win since beating Everton 5-1 on 3 February, with a shot from inside the penalty area following Aubameyang's pass.

Arsenal play on Thursday at home to Italian side AC Milan in the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie, with the London side holding a 2-0 advantage after the first leg.