Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has spoken about the respect that he has for former Manchester United compatriots like Edwin van Der Sar and Peter Schmeichel.
United have enjoyed some of the best goalkeepers in the world over the years. David de Gea maybe someone who is next on the list if he continues on this form. Cech’s performances may have gone down since he suffered the skull injury, but he is still thought of as one of the top goalkeepers in the world. After contributing immensely to the club’s 2-1 win over Manchester City on Monday night, the Czech Republic shot stopper spoke about his admiration for Premier League greats like Van Der Sar.
Cech was expecting a special night since a clean sheet would have helped them break David James’ clean sheet record. Cech only recently equalled this record of 169 league clean sheets following the 2-0 win over Aston Villa in the previous week. The goal by Yaya Touré was a very special one. Even though Arsenal got the victory that they have so craved against a top team, it was a personally disappointing night for Cech. Still, the record is only one clean sheet away and the 31-year-old is hoping to achieve this figure when Arsenal are against Southampton on Boxing Day.
“I have to say, when I was a kid I looked up to every goalkeeper.I tried to pick up the pieces and make a puzzle of all the best skills of different goalkeepers.If you looked at Oliver Kahn and his character. He was so important, so aggressive and living the game.If you look at Peter Schmeichel and his overall presence and his saves. Then Edwin van der Sar was very important for Ajax.I try to take the best of everyone for myself and work on things I can improve,” said Cech.