By Lloyd Webb

Hector Bellerin says the Arsenal defence “feel very confident” with Petr Cech in goal.

The Czech international impressed in the Gunners' 0-0 draw against Stoke City, making superb second-half saves to deny Joselu and Bojan.

Bellerin says Cech’s stops against the Potters were crucial and has praised the goalkeeper’s influence on the back four.

“When we try to stop all the shots but they manage to get some on target then they have another man to beat and that is tough for them,” he told Arsenal Player. “We feel very confident with him in goal.

“They were great saves and it is very important to have a solid goalkeeper and Petr Cech is one of the best. I think he has given us that confidence at the back.

"It helps that this is a solid team defensively [that] has played a lot of teams together, and that you have probably the best goalkeeper in the league playing for you.

"Not long ago he broke the record of clean sheets so you can see that when you look back that the goal is covered by a great player and that is very important for us. We are very happy to have him.

“I think the team defended really well as a unit and Petr made some great saves which were very important. A lot of big teams have lost at this ground and at the end of the day it is a point that could matter a lot at the end of the year.”

Petr Cech
Petr Cech

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17 Jan 2016