Arsenal’s 2-0 victory at Villa Park was the 169th time Petr Cech has kept a clean sheet in England’s top flight, equalling David James’ stunning record.

The Czech Republic goalkeeper kept the opposition at bay 162 times during his 11 years stint with Chelsea, where he guided the Blues to four Premier League silverwares.

Cech eventually joined Arsenal last summer signing a contract of £10m and since then has impressed everyone with his reflexes, sitting unbeaten in seven Premier League fixtures to help the Gunners rise up to the Premier League summit.

However, the veteran keeper will have his first chance to become outright holder of the record when Arsenal welcome Manchester City on Monday Night Football on 21st December.

Cech and James have 18 more Premier League clean sheets than second positioned Mark Schwarzer, who is right now the reserve goalkeeper of Leicester City.

The only other active League goalkeeper on the list is Everton’s Tim Howard, who sits ninth with 129 clean sheets. 

James managed to keep his Premier League record over 572 games at five different clubs, including 72 at Liverpool and 39 at Portsmouth, averaging a clean sheet every 3.38 matches.

By contrast, Cech has set his record, playing just 349 games, meaning he is nearly keeping a clean sheet every other game.

When speaking after the match he told Sky Sports: “Of course, it’s an unbelievable personal achievement. 

“Obviously, I hope that it will continue to grow, the number, and help us to stay top of the league and to have a chance to fight for the title – that would be absolutely magnificent.”

But Cech insisted that he was more interested in a further three points for the Gunner’s title challenge than his personal record.

“Obviously, I’m delighted to have equalled the record but I would say I am more delighted with three points.”

Most Premier League Clean Sheets:

GOALKEEPER

CLEAN SHEETS

Petr Cech

169

David James

169

Mark Schwarzer

151

David Seaman

140

Nigel Martyn

137

Jose Reina

134

Edwin van der Sar

132

Brad Friedel

132

Tim Howard

129

Peter Schmeichel

128