Arsenal keeper Peter Cech cemented his place in Premier League history by claiming a record 170th clean sheet in his side's 2-0 defeat of Bournemouth.

The 33-year-old finally surpassed former England No 1 David James - who held the previous record before ending his career with Portsmouth in 2010 - earning the record in just 352 appearances for both Chelsea and Arsenal.
Another mesmeric performance from Mesut Ozil, which included an assist for Gabriel's opening goal and scoring the second himself, ensured the Gunners returned top of the table and enhance hopes of winning a first title since 2004.
Cech had equalled James' tally, which took 562 appearances to collect 169 clean sheets, earlier this month but was denied the record on several occasions - including a late Yaya Toure goal in the 2-1 defeat of Manchester City - before he eventually crossed the line against the Cherries.
Speaking about the record on the club's website, he said: 'When I came over, people started talking about the clean sheets and the records, and I thought 169 was impossible.
'I would have to be here a long time, play every game and you don't get a clean sheet in every game. The fact that I managed to come to that point is a great achievement.'
The Czech international, who joined Arsenal this  summer after 11 years at Stamford Bridge, reportedly broke James' record earlier this season but then used Twitter to clarify that he did not finish the game in four of his clean sheets.
On September 13, he wrote: ''I have 171 Premier league clean sheets in total but can't count 4 because I didn't play full 90 minutes.' 


1. Petr Cech                              170 (352)
2. David James                          169 (572)
3. Mark Schwarzer                    152 (514)
4. David Seaman                       142 (344)
5. Nigel Martyn                           138 (372)
6. Pepe Reina                            134 (285)
6. Edwin van der Sar                 134 (314)
8. Brad Friedel                           132 (450)
9. Tim Howard                            130 (389)
10. Peter Schmeichel                 129 (310) 

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