Former Gunners goalkeeper and often erratic German international Jens Lehmann has spoken, via the official Arsenal website, about how current number one Petr Čech has developed, both as a player and leader, between the sticks for the Champions League chasing team.
There was nothing short of admiration for the longevity and presence in the dressing room of the veteran goalkeeper as he stated: " I’ve always rated him as one of the best goalkeepers ever. It’s good to see that he’s doing even better this season than last season.
“He’s calm so he calms people down, he’s got a presence. He’s a fantastic guy and a big, big benefit and asset for Arsenal no."
There is no doubt Arsene Wenger needed him on Sunday as he kept the north London derby to a respectable 2-0 as he made a string of world class saves, despite his advancing years.
Luckily for Lehmann, Čech he had not hit his peak yet while the German international donned the gloves of Arsenal, or that 49 game unbeaten run might not have come to fruition.
" Fortunately it wasn’t [initially] too big at Chelsea," 'The Wall' later noted, " because when he came we won the championship."
Čech may have become not just one of the best goalkeepers in the country, but in the history of the Premier League. However, with Arsenal's leaky defence, they might need both goalkeepers in goal at the same time to ensure they challenge the elite at the top of the table once more.