Petr Cech’s 16th clean sheet of the season, secured at the weekend against Aston Villa, meant the Arsenal keeper was guaranteed at least a share of the Premier League Golden Glove award.
This evening, courtesy of a stoppage time own goal by Chris Smalling, a consolation for Bournemouth in this evening’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester United, it’s been confirmed that the Czech has won the accolade outright, pipping David de Gea.
Cech, De Gea, Kasper Schmeichel and Joe Hart entered the final week of the season all tied on 15 clean sheets each.
The Arsenal goalkeeper took his tally to 16 on Sunday, while Hart and Schmeichel fell out of the running when they conceded at Swansea and Chelsea respectively. To add insult to injury for De Gea, Smalling’s mistake in this evening’s rearranged fixture at Old Trafford was pretty much the last kick of the entire season.
Cech becomes the first keeper to win the award with two clubs following his summer move to the Emirates from Stamford Bridge. After a shaky debut, the 33-year-old has excelled between the sticks for the Gunners this term…even if the odd shot through the legs has sneaked inside his near post.
We’ll let him off. Top work big man.