Saturday, May 18, 2024

Cech wins Golden Glove award outright

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.

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Greh Greysh

He deserves to win something to be fair! He had a great season. Hope it continues into the next.

Bob Davis

A great goalkeeper and one of Wenger’s best buys.

He’s had a few games to forget but still a great asset to our team.


Agreed. It speaks volumes that when he has made a mistake, I haven’t once been worried that it’ll lead to a loss of confidence and form. Every player makes mistakes, he has the confidence to bounce back quickly from them.

Gooner Russ

What a funny old end of the season. Looking forward to next!

Third Plebeian

I know. The feel-good factor surrounding Arsenal right now is just ridiculous, but it’s surely in part happening because of all the misery we endured for about four months there.


And he was not good enough for Chelsea. Lol. Their losses. Our gain.

Congrats to Petr Cech. You will always be loved here.

Iwobi Wan Kenobi

There are rumours that Courtois wants to leave Chelski too. Ha! Ha!

Scott from London, Ontario, Canada

Yeah! He’s a real keeper!

Sorry, I’ll get back to work now…

A Gorilla

Another 11th hour bit of comedy, almost the last kick of the season – a Man U own goal gives us one final piece of good news. Onto bigger and better things next season!

Ex-Priest Tobin

He’s doing a good job for us, I have to admit. Will never be able to warm to him though. Once Chelsea, always Chelsea.

Yanno, to be a gooner and that

by that standard, you’re still a massive adebayor and cesc fan…


And Andy Cole, Harry Kane, Nicholas anelka…


And Sol was Spurs through and through, despite being an invincible.

Jimmy's a Rimmer

I still like Jimmy Rimmer.

Mesut Aussie

A mate of mine here in Sydney has some sort of official pin from jimmy rimmer. winning FA cup or something similar. His old man met him in the uk at some stage. Not sure why jimmy gave him the momento.. Weird and wonderful world.

Ray from Norfolk, Virginia

Peter Cech owes both awards to Arsene Wenger. His first one was two seasons ago tied with Woj, when Wenger put Fabianski in goal for the last game of the season, a clean sheet 2-0 win at Norwich City. At that time, the rumor was that Fabianski needed a game before the FA cup final, as he was “rusty” and that this was also a ploy to make him sign a new contract OR a sending off Thank You gift from the Boss. In fact, Arsene Wenger, who admired and coveted Peter Cech, gave this Peter Cech this opportunity to… Read more »


Haha, come on.




Arsenal keeper wins golden gloves twice in last 3 seasons. Guess scoring goals would change things

Anonymous Kumquat

And getting rid of our ‘in for a penny, in for a pound’ mentality when it comes to conceding goals.


Great lad between the sticks but has still got work to do at his near post. He would have registered a few more (4) had he shut it out.

Great service and a good buy from Arsene.

He's the soup

In Fergie time, lol


Ohhhhkay that’s it, I’m off

Much regards, Gea

Cliff Bastin

And the final shot was by Afobe! Good job mate.


I took a surprising amount of joy on editing the Wikipedia page on the golden gloves to list him as the current winner.


As I have stated previously in other posts, Arsenals defence isnt that bad if you consider the goals against column compared to the other clubs. Its just the way the goals are conceeded in a comical way that gets up a persons goat.
Arsenals defence is good enough to win the league, goal scoring chances created are right up there in league winning numbers, its the conversion of goals that is the main problem.
In saying all that, the counter is that Leicester have almost an identical for and against yet are 3 wins and 10 points further ahead.

A Gorilla

That’s Liverpool (-1 conceded), Swansea(+1 scored, -1conceded), Chelsea (+1 scored) and Southampton (+1 scored)

I know this is not how things work. But those games were all ones we really should have won given our chances and abilities on the given day. 3 additional goals scored with 2 less conceded


To a certain extent this is actually expected. When really good defenses do concede there are really only two ways they concede: to wonder strikes and to comical mistakes. What a really good defense doesn’t do is concede run of the mill goals. So you are left with the impression that a really good defense is actually worse than it is, because the % of comical goals conceded actually tends to be higher than for worse defenses.


Also, the narrative of ‘Arsenal cannot defend’ still permeates the media, so every goal we concede gets analyzed in that context. In practice we’ve had amongst the meanest of defenses for the last 4 seasons. Conceding: This year: 36 (best defense 35) putting us equal 3rd. 2014-15: 36 (best 32) putting us 3rd. 2013-14: 41 (best 27, but that was Chelsea in 3rd) 4th best record. 2012-13: 37 (best 34), with us second best. None of that seems to have sunk in yet. To steal an old expression: “You can lead a pundit to the evidence, but you cannot stop… Read more »


Poor signing by Arsene again.

Like Koscielny and Monreal.

He should stick to promoting players who will never make Arsenal standards like Iwobi, Coquelin, Campbell or Bellerin.

Arsenal knows nothing. The fans know better.;)


Thumbed you down before I saw it was you santori… sarcasm passed me by. Btw you probably meant Arsene not Arsenal?


I think you forgot Flamini

Surrey Gooner

Well done Petr.
Have to say the I think the golden glove is awarded on the wrong basis. Surely a clean sheet says as much about the defense as it does about the keeper. Always thought it should be awarded on the basis of shots saved.

Yanno, to be a gooner and that

Don’t want to do anything golden with the gay.

palace gunnerfan

Well done petr cech the club and fans like to see new awards and new results mainly for next season our team jumped spurs in prem table second was better than third or fourth no need now for arsenal fc to qualify for clge playoff coyg.


Don’t forget he also missed a few games through injury as well so very well deserved if u ask me


Cech Daddy’ll make ya..

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