For so many years, Arsenal fans were forced to live with the painful sight of watching their players haunt them in the colours of a rival club.
From Emmanuel Adebayor’s pitch-length celebration, to Robin van Persie’s 30 goals which fired Manchester United to their 20th EPL title, also Cesc Fabregas’ sucker punch goal against Queens Park Rangers last season – which to me was the most strategic win that guaranteed Chelsea the title, and not forgetting Samir Nasri joining Manchester City and Ashley Cole winning several trophies with Chelsea before joining Roma.
The Gooners have been subjected to this emotional torture over the years, and it now appears that manager Arsene Wenger may have just realized the psychologically devastating effect which signing a good player from a rival club may have on the selling rival, hence his decision to poach Chelsea’s Petr Cech.
Seeing Cech adorn several Arsenal jerseys ahead of the 2015/2016 season is already haunting some Chelsea stars, with Nemanja Matic the first to openly express his displeasure at the transfer.
“Petr is a great guy and a great keeper. It is going to be a very important signing for them,” Nemanja Matic said.
“But I am not happy because of that. We know that he is very professional. He is one of the best keepers. And I hope this season he does not perform as he did here for 10-11 years.
“I am happy for him because he gets to stay in London, which for him and his family was very important. I wish him all the best.”
Defender Branislav Ivanovic was a little more relaxed on the transfer.
“This is football, he wanted to play. I can say only 500 times thank you to him – he gave us so much pleasure to enjoy the history of the club, winning trophies. As a person we will miss him in the changing room. His decision was he wanted to play and I wish him all the best personally. Just try not to win any trophies!” He said.
Cech, 33, saw his chances of first team action limited at Chelsea last season with the emergence of Thibaut Courtois as Mourinho’s preferred first choice goalkeeper. But despite the demotion, his quality was never in doubt, with the veteran already tipped by several pundits to give Arsenal a major push for the EPL title next Season.
Despite Arsenal’s seeming advantage, Matic is unperturbed and seem convinced on the chances of the Champions.
“We are ready for everything. I think last year Man United, City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham also had good teams … very good teams. I think our team was champion and a team that are champions are ready for everything. I think we have enough,” he said.
“If some new players come, good players are always welcome and for good players there is always space so it doesn’t matter what is going to happen in this market … we are ready. We are ready to prepare with everyone and we will see. Maybe other teams will sign lots of players but that maybe worse for them.
“It is sometimes better to stay with the same team … for stability. The manager said we have to win everything. So we know what we have to do.”
Ivanovic on the other hand, doesn’t share Matic’s thoughts of having an easy go at the EPL title next season.
“I know how difficult it is to win the title again so everything depends on results. It will be very difficult…” He added.
Petr Cech could make his first appearance against Chelsea at next weekend’s Community shield clash.