Arsenal's Petr Cech can tie Premier League record in North London derby

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Arsenal's goalkeeper can make a piece of history against Spurs this afternoon.

Petr Cech will be looking to tie a Premier League record when Arsenal take on rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby this afternoon.

The 33-year-old currently has 168 clean sheets in the English top flight, one less than record holder David James kept throughout his career.

Cech has made a fine start to his career at the Emirates, keeping six clean sheets in his first 11 league appearances following his move from Chelsea over the summer.

A deflected effort from Ross Barkley is the only goal the Czech Republic international has conceded at home in his last four games.

Here is a chart of the 168 clean sheets Petr Cech has kept before this afternoon's  game:

NumberDateVenueOppositionResultMinutes Played
1 8/15/04 H Manchester United 1:0 90'
2 8/21/04 A Birmingham City 0:1 90'
3 8/24/04 A Crystal Palace 0:2 90'
4 9/11/04 A Aston Villa 0:0 90'
5 9/19/04 H Tottenham Hotspur 0:0 90'
6 9/25/04 A Middlesbrough 0:1 90'
7 10/3/04 H Liverpool 1:0 90'
8 10/23/04 H Blackburn Rovers 4:0 90'
9 11/6/04 H Everton 1:0 90'
10 11/27/04 A Charlton Athletic 0:4 90'
11 12/4/04 H Newcastle United 4:0 90'
12 12/18/04 H Norwich City 4:0 90'
13 12/26/04 H Aston Villa 1:0 90'
14 12/28/04 A Portsmouth 0:2 90'
15 1/1/05 A Liverpool 0:1 90'
16 1/4/05 H Middlesbrough 2:0 90'
17 1/15/05 A Tottenham Hotspur 0:2 90'
18 1/22/05 H Portsmouth 3:0 90'
19 2/2/05 A Blackburn Rovers 0:1 90'
20 2/6/05 H Manchester City 0:0 90'
21 2/12/05 A Everton 0:1 90'
22 3/15/05 H West Bromwich Albion 1:0 90'
23 4/20/05 H Arsenal 0:0 90'
24 4/30/05 A Bolton Wanderers 0:2 90'
25 8/14/05 A Wigan Athletic 0:1 90'
26 8/21/05 H Arsenal 1:0 90'
27 8/27/05 A Tottenham Hotspur 0:2 90'
28 9/10/05 H Sunderland 2:0 90'
29 9/17/05 A Charlton Athletic 0:2 90'
30 11/19/05 H Newcastle United 3:0 90'
31 11/26/05 A Portsmouth 0:2 90'
32 12/3/05 H Middlesbrough 1:0 90'
33 12/18/05 A Arsenal 0:2 90'
34 12/28/05 A Manchester City 0:1 90'
35 12/31/05 H Birmingham City 2:0 90'
36 2/5/06 H Liverpool 2:0 90'
37 2/25/06 H Portsmouth 2:0 90'
38 3/25/06 H Manchester City 2:0 90'
39 4/1/06 A Birmingham City 0:0 90'
40 4/15/06 A Bolton Wanderers 0:2 90'
N/A 4/17/06 H Everton 3:0 45'
41 4/29/06 H Manchester United 3:0 90'
42 8/27/06 A Blackburn Rovers 0:2 90'
43 9/17/06 H Liverpool 1:0 90'
44 9/23/06 A Fulham 0:2 90'
N/A 10/14/06 A Reading 0:1 5'
45 1/31/07 H Blackburn Rovers 3:0 90'
46 2/3/07 A Charlton Athletic 0:1 90'
47 2/10/07 H Middlesbrough 3:0 90'
48 3/3/07 A Portsmouth 0:2 90'
49 3/14/07 A Manchester City 0:1 90'
50 3/17/07 H Sheffield United 3:0 90'
51 3/31/07 A Watford 0:1 90'
52 4/7/07 H Tottenham Hotspur 1:0 90'
53 4/22/07 A Newcastle United 0:0 90'
54 8/25/07 H Portsmouth 1:0 90'
55 9/15/07 H Blackburn Rovers 0:0 90'
56 9/29/07 H Fulham 0:0 90'
57 10/7/07 A Bolton Wanderers 0:1 90'
58 10/20/07 A Middlesbrough 0:2 90'
59 10/27/07 H Manchester City 6:0 90'
60 11/3/07 A Wigan Athletic 0:2 90'
N/A 12/23/07 A Blackburn Rovers 0:1 64'
61 1/12/08 H Tottenham Hotspur 2:0 90'
62 1/19/08 A Birmingham City 0:1 90'
63 1/30/08 H Reading 1:0 90'
64 2/10/08 H Liverpool 0:0 90'
65 3/1/08 A West Ham United 0:4 90'
66 4/17/08 A Everton 0:1 90'
67 5/5/08 A Newcastle United 0:2 90'
68 8/17/08 H Portsmouth 4:0 90'
69 8/24/08 A Wigan Athletic 0:1 90'
70 9/27/08 A Stoke City 0:2 90'
71 10/5/08 H Aston Villa 2:0 90'
72 10/29/08 A Hull City 0:3 90'
73 11/1/08 H Sunderland 5:0 90'
74 11/9/08 A Blackburn Rovers 0:2 90'
75 11/22/08 H Newcastle United 0:0 90'
76 12/6/08 A Bolton Wanderers 0:2 90'
77 12/22/08 A Everton 0:0 90'
78 12/26/08 H West Bromwich Albion 2:0 90'
79 1/28/09 H Middlesbrough 2:0 90'
80 2/21/09 A Aston Villa 0:1 90'
81 3/3/09 A Portsmouth 0:1 90'
82 3/15/09 H Manchester City 1:0 90'
83 4/4/09 A Newcastle United 0:2 90'
84 4/22/09 H Everton 0:0 90'
85 4/25/09 A West Ham United 0:1 90'
86 5/17/09 H Blackburn Rovers 2:0 90'
87 8/23/09 A Fulham 0:2 90'
88 8/29/09 H Burnley 3:0 90'
89 9/20/09 H Tottenham Hotspur 3:0 90'
90 10/24/09 H Blackburn Rovers 5:0 90'
91 10/31/09 A Bolton Wanderers 0:4 90'
92 11/8/09 H Manchester United 1:0 90'
93 11/21/09 H Wolverhampton Wanderers 4:0 90'
94 11/29/09 A Arsenal 0:3 90'
95 12/26/09 A Birmingham City 0:0 90'
96 1/27/10 H Birmingham City 3:0 90'
97 2/7/10 H Arsenal 2:0 90'
98 2/20/10 A Wolverhampton Wanderers 0:2 90'
99 3/24/10 A Portsmouth 0:5 90'
100 4/13/10 H Bolton Wanderers 1:0 90'
101 4/25/10 H Stoke City 7:0 90'
102 5/2/10 A Liverpool 0:2 90'
103 5/9/10 H Wigan Athletic 8:0 90'
104 8/14/10 H West Bromwich Albion 6:0 90'
105 8/21/10 A Wigan Athletic 0:6 90'
106 8/28/10 H Stoke City 2:0 90'
107 9/19/10 H Blackpool 4:0 90'
108 10/3/10 H Arsenal 2:0 90'
109 10/16/10 A Aston Villa 0:0 90'
110 10/23/10 H Wolverhampton Wanderers 2:0 90'
111 11/10/10 H Fulham 1:0 90'
112 12/29/10 H Bolton Wanderers 1:0 90'
113 1/15/11 H Blackburn Rovers 2:0 90'
114 1/24/11 A Bolton Wanderers 0:4 90'
115 2/14/11 A Fulham 0:0 90'
116 3/20/11 H Manchester City 2:0 90'
117 4/9/11 H Wigan Athletic 1:0 90'
118 4/23/11 H West Ham United 3:0 90'
119 8/14/11 A Stoke City 0:0 90'
120 11/5/11 A Blackburn Rovers 0:1 90'
121 11/26/11 H Wolverhampton Wanderers 3:0 90'
122 12/3/11 A Newcastle United 0:3 90'
123 1/14/12 H Sunderland 1:0 90'
124 1/21/12 A Norwich City 0:0 90'
125 2/25/12 H Bolton Wanderers 3:0 90'
126 3/10/12 H Stoke City 1:0 90'
127 3/24/12 H Tottenham Hotspur 0:0 90'
128 4/21/12 A Arsenal 0:0 90'
129 8/19/12 A Wigan Athletic 0:2 90'
130 8/25/12 H Newcastle United 2:0 90'
131 9/15/12 A Queens Park Rangers 0:0 90'
132 9/22/12 H Stoke City 1:0 90'
133 11/25/12 H Manchester City 0:0 90'
134 11/28/12 H Fulham 0:0 90'
135 12/23/12 H Aston Villa 8:0 90'
136 12/26/12 A Norwich City 0:1 90'
137 1/12/13 A Stoke City 0:4 90'
138 3/2/13 H West Bromwich Albion 1:0 90'
139 3/17/13 H West Ham United 2:0 90'
140 4/17/13 A Fulham 0:3 90'
141 4/28/13 H Swansea City 2:0 90'
142 5/5/13 A Manchester United 0:1 90'
143 8/18/13 H Hull City 2:0 90'
144 8/26/13 A Manchester United 0:0 90'
145 9/21/13 H Fulham 2:0 90'
146 11/23/13 A West Ham United 0:3 90'
147 12/23/13 A Arsenal 0:0 90'
148 12/26/13 H Swansea City 1:0 90'
149 1/1/14 A Southampton 0:3 90'
150 1/11/14 A Hull City 0:2 90'
151 1/29/14 H West Ham United 0:0 90'
152 2/3/14 A Manchester City 0:1 90'
153 2/8/14 H Newcastle United 3:0 90'
154 2/22/14 H Everton 1:0 90'
155 3/8/14 H Tottenham Hotspur 4:0 90'
156 3/22/14 H Arsenal 6:0 90'
157 4/5/14 H Stoke City 3:0 90'
158 4/13/14 A Swansea City 0:1 90'
N/A 10/5/14 H Arsenal 2:0 66'
159 12/13/14 H Hull City 2:0 90'
160 1/10/15 H Newcastle United 2:0 90'
161 1/17/15 A Swansea City 0:5 90'
162 2/11/15 H Everton 1:0 90'
163 8/24/15 H Liverpool 0:0 90'
164 8/29/15 A Newcastle United 0:1 90'
165 9/12/15 H Stoke City 2:0 90'
166 10/4/15 H Manchester United 3:0 90'
167 10/17/15 A Watford 0:3 90'
168 10/31/15 A Swansea City 0:3 90'

(Table taken from my own blog)

Note: The Premier League only classes a clean sheet when the goalkeeper has played the full 90 minutes - the table above shows four games in which Čech did not play the full game when his side kept a clean sheet.

Tottenham go into this afternoon's form with good confidence; currently on the longest unbeaten streak in the Premier League having not lost since the opening game of the season.

Mauricio Pochettino's side have scored eight goals and taken seven points from their last three away games (beating Bournemouth 5-1, drawing 2-2 at Swansea and beating Sunderland 1-0).  They were also winners over Anderlecht in the UEFA Europa League midweek.

Should Čech not match David James' record this afternoon, Arsenal will have a further 26 Premier League games remaining in order for their number one to do so!

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