Just a few weeks ago, Arsenal fans were praising Petr Cech for saving the Gunners a point with a clean sheet against Stoke City, but last night’s 0-0 against Southampton was a completely different kettle of fish and Cech was his usual efficient self but it wasn’t him that saved the points this time.
HOW TO WIN A TITLE WITH A TEAM OF CROCKS by KM
It is impossible to judge beyond a shadow of a doubt how many extra Premier League points Arsenal have earned with the former Chelsea keeper Petr Cech between the posts but after another stunning performance from the 33-year old stopped Stoke City taking all the points at the Britannia Stadium yesterday it is clear that the Chelsea captain’s prediction that Cech would be worth an extra 12 to 15 points for Arsenal is close to the mark.
Because of a minor injury problem to his foot, Arsenal had to face the tough trip to the Britannia Stadium to take on Stoke City without our main man and king of assists Mesut Ozil. And with Arsenal also missing the usual suspects to replace the German international, with Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere also out of action, Arsene Wenger turned to the young England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
As usual Arsenal had a tough battle at the Britannia Stadium, and Stoke raised their game and fought for ever ball for the whole 90 minutes. Mark Hughes always has his teams prepared to die for the cause and last night was no exception.