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Wenger - It is a remarkable achievement

Petr Cech kept his 200th Premier League clean sheet on Sunday, saving a penalty from Troy Deeney in the process, while the trio of Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all impressed up front.

Afterwards Arsène Wenger spoke to Arsenal Media about continuing the momentum from Thursday’s Europa League win over Milan.

on what pleased him most…
The fact that we won the game, first of all. After a difficult Thursday night game, on Sunday morning we still had the spirit to stick together. For moments we played very well and for moments we had to stick together and suffer. Overall, we did very well. I am convinced that is a good basis for the team on the spirit front and overall I am very happy with the spirit of the players. The way they responded to a disappointing week, is absolutely remarkable.

on the forward players linking up…
We have room for improvement, but you can see that we can score goals. It’s not a coincidence that we scored against Crystal Palace, we scored against Everton, we scored today and since January we have scored many goals against anybody. Personally I would like to give credit to our defenders as well, for today and in Milan. They have done extremely well, so that is important.

on Cech’s 200th clean sheet and penalty save…
Petr Cech shows a little bit how quickly things change in football. He was in hell last week and in heaven today. But, I would like to personally congratulate him for a remarkable achievement. I have a huge respect for consistency. It shows a huge level of motivation and intelligence, and he shows plenty of that.

on whether the milestone was weighing on Petr’s mind…
It did. I am convinced. They all say no, but we know all - it’s not true.

on the second leg against Milan on Thursday…
I told you that the confidence comes back slowly, but it comes back with spirit. We have shown spirit and we are in a strong position now against Milan. Let’s prepare quietly, but with humility and keep that desire in the team.

on Shkodran Mustafi…
He has a groin problem and hopefully will recover, because I think at the moment he is in a very good shape and he is very important to the team.


What marks the best goalkeepers from the rest

Petr Cech set another record in a stellar career on Sunday when he became the first goalkeeper to reach 200 clean sheets in the Premier League.

It is a remarkable achievement, and the 35-year-old says that the best of the best all tend to share one key quality.
"I think it’s the consistency," Cech told Arsenal Player. "If you want to keep your place in the best league in the world, then you need to be consistent and spot on with your preparation and make sure that the manager picks you for most of the games, or every game. 

"It’s a special position on the pitch and as well most of the time you only use one goalkeeper. The back up one has a very hard job, you support and train every day, needing to make sure you are ready when your chances come, but your chances are limited, or game time is limited, so as a No 1 I always try to make sure I stay a No 1 by being consistant and train well, train hard and the best you can. 

"That gives you the chance to play every game at the level you need to be and this is the only way you keep your spot in the team, so this has been always my target. Day after day I come in and work as best as I can to try to improve myself and obviously to make sure I’m ready to compete and play as best as I can."

Cech is widely regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers of his generation, but who does the man himself admire?
"When I was growing up you had those like Schmeichel and Kahn and Van der Sar," he said. "Later on you had Buffon and if you talk about consistency, you can see Buffon playing until 40 because if you look after yourself, you are professional and you work then it shows that if your body copes with the pressure then you are still able to go - but it doesn’t happen just like that. 

"Then you had Casillas playing for many, many years with Real Madrid and so I think that you had so many examples where you can see. For example Edwin van der Sar, when he came to England it took him only up to 34 years old when he joined United and basically he had the most successful spell in England at his age. So you can see that if you work well and your body allows you, then you can play until late if you do the right thing."


Cech - How it feels to keep 200 clean sheets

Petr Cech reached another milestone by keeping his 200th Premier League clean sheet during Sunday’s win over Watford.

We spoke to our goalkeeper after the match about his double century, the hard work that’s gone on behind the scenes and building on momentum ahead of Milan.
on his 200th clean sheet…
It’s been a while and I have to say that it’s never happened that I’ve had to wait 11 games for a clean sheet. In the stretch it was quite frustrating at times. We had so many games where we had a big result, especially at home when you take the games against Everton and Crystal Palace. In the end, you are 4-0 up and we conceded late goals. Sometimes you go through stretches like that as a team, as an individual and obviously you have to find your way out. We had a massive game in Milan and we managed to win there with a clean sheet. Today, I thought we carried that with us. It was not as easy a game as the score says, because we scored in important moments, they missed a penalty and they had a couple of chances in the first half. So we had to defend properly until the last second and we did so.

on his performance…
Well, I always say when you go through a difficult period, the last thing you change is your work, your attitude and your precision in the every day work that you do. So I kept working and I kept working. I know how I managed to get this far, so I carried on my work and I thought that one day it would turn back. Today it was an important save, so the question of is it a penalty here or there and will he save one? Well, today I did. So we can carry on.