Just four days before the Community Shield clash Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini told to the Daily Telegaph that he’s surprised Chelsea and José Mourinho let Petr Cech moving to the Gunners:
“I was surprised by Mourinho because he really doesn’t do that.
“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.
“It’s very important. Not only for his quality but also for his character. When you play at the top level, the leaders on the pitch make the difference. Not only when things go well but especially when things go bad. So, for us, Petr Cech is a top signing. He is someone with character, someone with a winning mentality.
Flamini came back to Arsenal in 2013 after spending five years at AC Milan and speaking about Gunners’ moment, the French midfielder stated:
“There is a lot of confidence because we are starting to win.
“For 10 years Arsenal didn’t win anything and we have won the FA Cup twice and it’s starting to become in the mentality. Winning is very important. That’s the first point.
“Then also, we have attracted a lot of quality to the team with some very big signings. We have kept the same group. Nobody left, and that’s very important because when you keep your key players, keep the same group, year after year, players get used to playing together.
“If you remember before, there were always a few players leaving and now he is keeping the players together and that’s very important.
“I can feel Arsenal now is different to the club I left in 2008. I don’t think any of the key players left in the last two years. It’s a great example. And each year we have added quality players like Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Petr Cech. These are players who can make the difference at any moment. So I think we have a very good chance”.