The veteran Czech shot-stopper went eight games without keeping his net clear at the end of 2016, and he is determined to improve on his record
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has admitted his poor clean sheet record this campaign is frustrating him.
The 34-year-old went on an eight-game run without keeping a clean sheet in November and December, the worst record of his Premier League career.
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He since did not concede in the wins over West Brom and Crystal Palace, but still finds himself on a mere six clean sheets in the English top flight in 2016-17.
Cech is adamant winning is what matters most, but his low number of clean sheets is not going down well with the experienced goalkeeper.
8 – Petr Cech has gone eight consecutive Premier League games without a clean sheet for the first time in his career. Breached.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 18, 2016
“The most important thing is obviously that the team wins but it is good sometimes to have a clean sheet and that solid base at the back,” Cech told the club’s official website.
“So far it is a kind of a different campaign because I think I have been doing well but if you take clean sheets, we had a run of games where we conceded at least one goal.
“We have conceded a number of penalties in games where the penalty was the only goal [we conceded], so sometimes you have these runs which are a bit unlucky against you but you would like to do something extra and find one extra save.”
Nevertheless, even though he has conceded more often than he would like to, Cech is still pleased with his form in general this season.
“Overall it is a season in which I am playing at the level I need to be at,” he added.
“You want to improve every game and keep the standard up the whole time.
“You do not want to have a period where you are not doing so well or you are not where you should be, which has not happened yet so hopefully I can keep it like that.”