Arsenal’s clean sheet yesterday means that Petr Cech will be crowned the winner of the Premier League Golden Glove.
The 33 year-old is guaranteed to be the winner of said trophy, but may succumb to sharing the accolade with Manchester United’s David De Gea, who can tie should he not concede to Bournemouth on Tuesday.
The match was of course supposed to be played at the same time as all the other fixtures, but a bomb scare made that impossible to do, although said ‘bomb’ has since been confirmed as something left behind by one of the training companies in midweek.
The Spaniard sits on 15 clean sheets, alongside Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel and Manchester City’s Joe Hart, one behind Cech.
The quartet had all gone into the final game-week tied on 15, with Arsenal the only team of the four to close the game out to nil.
The Czech international has now become the first ever player to win the Premier League Golden Glove, having also won the award for former side Chelsea. Cech also holds the record for fastest time to achieve 100 PL clean sheets, holds the join-record for most shut-outs in a season (21) and is also out in front in the all-time clean sheet table.
His signing was no doubt a smart one last summer, and his signature is likely to be the gift that keeps on giving as he shows no signs of slowing despite the fact he turns on Friday.
Hopefully his birthday will be celebrated as the outright Golden Glove winner, and there is a slim chance that Man United will rest De Gea, as they go into the match knowing they cannot secure Champions League football, and have the FA Cup final remaining to be played at the weekend.
Could Cech be our best goalkeeper ever? How many years does he have left at the top level?