Arsenal’s Petr Cech lavishes praise on Southampton's Fraser Forster

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Southampton’s Fraser Forster was outstanding in his side’s draw with Arsenal.

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech says his Southampton counterpart Fraser Forster was the difference maker as his side had to settle for a 0-0 draw in their recent clash, the London Evening Standard reports.

The Gunners dominated the Saints in Tuesday night’s draw at the Emirates, yet the hosts were denied all three points after Forster pulled off a succession of top saves.

Indeed, speaking to reporters following his side’s disappointment at not winning, Cech says the former Celtic man made the difference for the visitors and was largely responsible for the stalemate.

“Fraser Forster robbed a point from us because it was only thanks to him they got a draw here;” Cech said.

"They did really well in the first half but in the second half we did much better and created a lot of chances - probably the most we have this season at home. We just couldn’t find the back of the net because he was outstanding and made important saves.”

Forster had been out of action for nearly 10 months after breaking his kneecap last March.

But he made his return in January, helping Southampton beat Watford 2-0 and following up that victory with another three clean sheets – illustrating how important he is to Ronald Koeman’s men.

The former Celtic made man numerous good stops to deny Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott as Arsene Wenger’s side piled on the pressure.

With Forster back to his best, the 6ft 7inch custodian will provide plenty of competition alongside Joe Hart and Jack Butland for the England number one spot in the upcoming European Championships.

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