Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho made the right decision in preventing Demba Ba from joining Arsenal on loan.
The Chelsea boss had to turn-down numerous offers coming the club's way late on transfer deadline day.
A swap deal and various loan enquiries were some of the propositions the Blues chief had to consider at short notice.
The west London club announced on Monday afternoon that Victor Moses would spend the rest of the season on loan at Liverpool. On top of this, Mourinho must have already known how likely Romelu Lukaku was to follow Moses to Merseyside.
The Portuguese decided to stop out-of-favour striker Demba Ba accepting a loan move to Arsenal. According to Mourinho, he did this on the basis that his former player Mezut Ozil had already joined the Gunners, thus making the club title contenders according to Mourinho.
However, it's more likely that these are yet more mind games from the 'Special One' and that the truth centred around the fact that Chelsea would have been left with just two strikers had Ba departed as well.
After Chelsea have seemingly given Liverpool, in Daniel Sturridge, a top Premier League goalscorer, as well as letting them take the promising Moses until the season's end, surely Chelsea were not going to strengthen another rival?
With the inclusion of Lukaku, Chelsea have potentially given Merseyside around 30 goals, if not more.
Giving Arsenal, one of Chelsea's biggest rivals, Ba would have been a stupid move by the club and perhaps in future, Chelsea will be more considered in their pursuit of certain players.
With the team in the hands of Mourinho however, it's hard for Chelsea fans to get angry over the Lukaku deal. For many people, this should have been his chance to shine. But for others, Ba still looks like the senior of the two.
Lukaku will only be 21-years-old when he returns at the end of the season and with Ba reaching 29, the Senegalese surely deserves a chance to play regular football for the first time at Stamford Bridge.
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