Despite playing behind a talented defence, Petr Čech has been heavily involved for Arsenal this season and Sunday was no different.
A simple save to deny Harry Kane a second goal at the end of the first half was crucial – the Gunners weren’t going to come back from two goals down.
The second half saw two more vital stops. Arsenal had improved after the break but momentum quickly went the visitors way after Arsène Wenger’s men failed to capitalise on some early pressure. With the score still 1-0, Christian Eriksen was brilliantly denied. Minutes later, Toby Alderweireld must have thought his header would double Spurs’ advantage but Čech lifted everyone with a superb reaction stop.
The Gunners eventually got their equaliser, and can thank their goalkeeper for keeping them in the game.
Speaking to the press after the game, Wenger said:
“He has shown again how important he is and that maybe goalkeeper is maybe the most underrated position in football because there is a moment where he can keep you in it. If you go 2-0 down its bye-bye.”
The likelihood of winning a point from two goals down was very slim, but Arsenal have Čech to thank.
Starting all 12 Premier League games so far, the 33-year-old has been called upon to make 42 saves, more than all but three goalkeepers in the league (data from WhoScored).
Manchester City’s Joe Hart has had to make just 15 saves in his 11 starts, but the two sides remain level on points at the top of the Premier League table. Arsenal have Čech to rely on at the back, but the rest of the team need to make sure he isn’t as busy in the coming weeks.