Arsenal’s hard-fought victory over relegation-battling Newcastle United has got their fans dreaming of putting an end to their a decade long wait for Premier League glory, but the Gunners must know that luck may not choose to be by their side on another day.
Petr Cech deserves a statue
If Roman Abramovich ever buys a time machine, he will find his way back to the day when the media lauded him for his magnanimity as his decision has all but made Arsenal the only team to challenge Manchester City for the title this season.
Gooners’ Mesut Ozil obsession has been keeping Petr Cech bereft of the admiration, but the veteran shot-stopper keeps on producing match-winning performances at a rate that is at par with that of the German playmaker.
The 33-year-old ‘keeper added to his clean sheet tally against a resolute Steve McLaren side, making a number of crucial saves in the process. His mere presence behind the back four offers a different level of calmness, which was non-existent when a certain Pole guarded the net.
John Terry estimated before the start of the season that his former teammate would be worth 15 points to Arsenal, but he has already surpassed his valuation, with 18 more games left to be played.