Arsenal stats show Cech can be key against Leicester and in title race

I wonder if Roman Abramovich is now regretting his decision to let Arsenal sign the Czech Republic international number one to Arsenal, despite the advice from then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and their captain John Terry suggesting how much difference Petr Cech could make to our Premier League title challenge.

It is clear that Cech has had a big effect on the Gunners and not just because of his all round ability in goal, but for the calming influence he has had on the Arsenal defenders and the experience he brings into the dressing room. Both David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny are talented keepers but Cech is a step up and Arsenal needed it.

So he has made a difference to us but the other big clubs already had top keepers, so have we merely caught up? Sky Sports produced a report this week comparing the stats for the keepers of the top four clubs and although he does not come out top on every category, Cech is never far behind and it is clear that he has been a better all round keeper that Man City’s Joe Hart, Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris and Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel.

You can see a stats comparison between the four keepers here on and the most telling figure is Cech´s total score of 675 which is way better than Lloris with 472, Hart with 352 and Schmeichel with 109.

And ahead of the crucial game against Leicester in Sunday, Cech’s figures compared to Schmeichel’s suggests that the keepers could play a pivotal role in the result. I think it was Brian Clough that once said that in a tight race, the team with the best keeper wins and led Nottingham Forest to the title with Peter Shilton in goal.

Will Cech prove him right this season?

Tags Hart Lloris Schmeichel


  1. cech yourself before you wreck yourself
    thanks mr abramovic…11 million bargain!

    shezza can stay in italy…roma dont want him?
    hey lazio…fancy a keeper….genoa?

  2. Cech 675
    Schmeichel 109?
    So if Cech is 6 times
    better than Schmeichel
    how come Leicester
    are 5 points in front of us?
    Lies lies and statistics 🙂

  3. After all said and done’, a victory against Leicester is what we all want (Arsenal fans)..

    So Cech will play his own part, likewise the defenders, midfielders and strikers. The players must play as a team and get the needed victory…

  4. Arsenal need to b calm against Leicester as they like to play fast , long ball to Verdy n counter attack. Pace will b needed in our defence too. We can do it. Either ugly or nice game, I need 3 points. Up gunners.

  5. If you open the link in the article above, add david ospina to the table and put the competition as premier league last season for david ospina. Then change the filter to “show per 90 minutes played”.

    The stats for goals conceded per 90 minutes played are
    Cech 0.88
    Loris. 0.75
    Ospina 0.61

    If you are using stats you could argue that Ospina is the best keeper. My opinion is that Ospina has been very unlucky, took his chance last season, did exceptioally well and was stand out keeper in PL according to stats. Fantastic performances for Columbia, Messi rates him highly according to quotes after an international match. He is too good to sit on the bench and unfortunately I expect him to leave at the end of the season. I will wish him well, our most underrated player.

  6. Wining title is a MUST for us this year.
    Its fact that Chech have already won us some extra points and with Ozil’s outstanding performance this season…finishing 4th , 3rd or even 2nd will just prove how the rest of the team is worse than last season.

  7. OT:
    Suggestion to admin.
    I think it would be better to show comments from the newest to the oldiest.
    Just a tought.

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