According to Mathieu Flamini, Jose Mourinho’s failure to block the sale of Petr Cech means Arsenal are genuine title contenders.
The Chelsea manager made it clear he did not want Cech to join Arsenal, but the long-serving goalkeeper was granted his preferred move by owner Roman Abramovich.
“I was surprised by Mourinho because he really doesn’t do that,” said the Arsenal midfielder, quoted in Thursday morning’s Daily Telegraph. “He’s a competitor and usually doesn’t like to sell any players to his rivals, but it’s a good favour for us and now we have to take advantage. It’s a top signing. That’s why we have been lucky on this one.