Arsene Wenger rain praises on Cech as he claims the 35-year old went from hell to heaven in a week
Arsenal goalkeeper, Petr Cech endured a difficult week that finally ended on a bright note as he went from a villain to a hero in 7days. He had a terrible game at Brighton last weekend, only for him to be on hand to stop Deeney’s penalty in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Watford.
Arsene Wenger has saluted Cech’s reaction to his poor display against Brighton and Hove Albion as he described the veteran keeper as going from hell to heaven after finally reaching 200 Premier League clean sheets on Sunday.
The former Chelsea stopper was culpable for both goals as Arsenal lost 2-1 at the Amex Stadium in their last top-flight outing, he later went on to release an apology on social media after the game thereby taking full responsibility for the defeat.
However, after sixteen trials, the Czech International finally saved a spot-kick which was pivotal to him reaching a milestone to be the first goalkeeper in Premier League history to keep 200 clean sheets.
Wenger praised the stopper’s humility and intelligence as he singled him out for praise after the game. He said: “He had to wait a while to save a penalty first of all,” after Cech’s first spot-kick save since 2011 “It’s quite fortunate it was against Deeney on top of that.
“I believe in two weeks, his situation shows how football is. In one week he goes from hell to heaven, and that’s how life can be.
“But I like both situations because in the first he showed a lot of humility and responsibility, and a record like that witnesses a lot of motivation and a huge degree of intelligence.
“You don’t last so long in the game if you’re not intelligent.”
Wenger also feels Cech has to be considered one of the best Premier League goalkeepers ever.
“I leave that judgement to you, I think yes,” he said. “When you look what he has achieved, consistency is always the most difficult in life.”