Arsenal star thanks Jose Mourinho

Mathieu Flamini has thanked the Chelsea boss for doing his team a favour by letting them sign Petr Cech this summer

Cech joined Arsenal from Chelsea for a fee believed to be in the region of 11 million pounds and Mathieu Flamini says that he was actually shocked by the Blues manager’s decision to allow his star player to leave the club and is confident that the decision could come back to haunt him as Cech gets ready to face his old teammates in Sunday’s Community Shield.

Flamini says that Mourinho has done the Gunners a huge favour and they should take advantage of that.

“I was surprised by Mourinho because he really doesn’t do that,” he is quoted as saying by the 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. 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.”