His signing was hailed as a potential master stroke by Arsene Wenger in the summer, and it looks as though Petr Cech’s transfer from Chelsea to Arsenal is finally starting to pay dividends.
The Czech Republic international switched allegiances in London after 10 years at Stamford Bridge, where he lifted the Premier League trophy four times, as well as the Champions League.
And he could be about on the brink of another domestic triumph with new club Arsenal currently sitting one point clear of Leicester at the top of the pile in England.
With that in mind, his team-mate Theo Walcott has paid tribute to Cech, insisting that the imposing keeper has “completely changed” the club’s back four.
The previously unconvincing pairing of Laurent Kosceilny and Per Metersaker look transformed this season, and Walcott claims Cech is the man to thank for their development.
He told the club’s website: “He’s changed us completely in that back four. He’s a talker, he believes in us all.
“That’s why he wanted to join us and having that presence behind you is always nice.
“He’s very commanding, he’s a leader in the dressing room as well.
“From when we signed him, we all knew how good he was (after) what he achieved at Chelsea.”
Sunday’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa was Cech’s 169th Premier League clean sheet, and puts him on par with David James’s all-time record.
He’ll be hoping to surpass James when Arsenal take on Man City on December 21.