Petr Čech was called into action late in the first half of Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Monday night and was in fantastic form to maintain his clean sheet.
The Czech stopped brilliantly prevented Christian Benteke and Philippe Coutinho from giving the visitors the lead, and kept Arsenal in the game.
The second half was much better with Simon Mignolet called into action instead, and Čech was happy with the improvement after a poor first 45 minutes.
“We made too many technical mistakes in the first half with loose passes and it gave them a few chances to counter-attack,” Čech told Arsenal Player after the game. “But in the second half we improved on that.”
Liverpool pressed high up the pitch, isolating Arsenal players on the ball and robbing the likes of Santi Cazorla or forcing bad passes from Calum Chambers and Héctor Bellerín.
The second half saw Arsenal seize the initiative as Liverpool sat off, seemingly content with a point.
“We were much more aggressive,” Čech said of the period after the break. “We played much more in their half and obviously we created more chances, so in the end we could’ve won the game.
“In this game it’s very difficult to believe that it ended up 0-0.
“It’s a goalless draw but I think it must have been an unbelievable game to watch for the neutrals.”
Maybe he found the scoreline unbelievable, but it was largely thanks to 33 year-old that it stayed that way.
“I’m here to help,” said the goalkeeper. “The first game didn’t go the way that I wanted but I always try to prepare and do my best.
“I’m very happy that I helped my team-mates, which helped me overcome my difficult moments.”
After a disappointing display in the defeat to West Ham two weeks earlier, it’s now safe to say the Petr Čech that everyone expected to see has arrived in north London.