Mertesacker hails goalkeeper as driving force behind Arsenal’s title push

Per Mertesacker has hailed Petr Cech's influence on the Arsenal team after his sixth clean sheet of the season against Swansea

Per Mertesacker and Petr Cech

Arsenal vice-captain Per Mertesacker has hailed goalkeeper Petr Cech as the main driving force behind their title push.

Arsenal have pushed up the English Premier League table and are currently joint top with Manchester City.

Cech has been in top form for the Gunners, keeping six clean sheets in 11 games to help the Gunners.

With Arsenal leading 1-0, Cech made several saves before Laurent Koscielny and oel Campbell added the second and third.

Mertesacker reiterated the goalkeeper's value when the opposition have been in the ascendancy.

“You know that if they get a really clear chance Petr can do something about it,” Mertesacker told Sky Sports.

“He's always someone who can save your day. That gives everyone a big lift, not only the back four.”

The defender also believes that Arsenal can benefit from the presence of the former Chelsea goalkeeper.

“The way he is commanding and vocal makes him vital,” Mertesacker said.

“He is one of our leaders and he deserves it.

“He has played at a high level and he is still very hungry and, no matter how successful he was at Chelsea, I think he gives our team that hunger we maybe need.”

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