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Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech insists there is no rift between himself and Jose Mourinho

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Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has insisted there are no issues between him and his former boss Jose Mourinho following the goalkeeper's move to the Emirates.

The Czech stopper is gearing up to face his former side, so soon after his departure, in the Community Shield on Sunday and has said there will be no friends during the 90 minutes at Wembley.

Cech was sold to Arsenal for £11 million having been replaced as number one at Stamford Bridge by Thibaut Courtois, despite Mourinho wanting him to stay, and as reported in the London Evening Standard, Cech is grateful for the Chelsea hierarchy for allowing him to leave.

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He said: "Chelsea could have said no to me and said I must sit out the final year of my contract. I am grateful to the owner Mr. Abramovich for giving the permission. Has it soured relations between myself and Jose? Not at all. He made his decision but that will never change the respect we have for each other.

"It'll be an unknown feeling for me to play against Chelsea. Once I am on the pitch I want to win, I want the best for my teammates, my club and the fans. For those 90 minutes there are no friends."

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Cech had been a mainstay in between the sticks at Stamford Bridge for a decade, making 333 league appearances and keeping 168 clean sheets, the second highest in Premier League history behind David James. 

However, he was replaced by Courtois at the start of the season, with the 23-year-old keeping 12 clean sheets in 32 appearances as Chelsea stormed to the title.

At this stage in his career Cech wanted to play as much first team football as possible, but a few eyebrows were raised when Abramovich allowed the 33-year-old to join a direct title rival.

Following his move to North London this summer, he will be hoping to add to his current tally of four Premier League titles with his new team.

The Gunners have been some way off mounting a serious title challenge for a number of years, but following the addition of Cech, and a solid team surrounding him, confidence seems to be growing that this could finally be the year Arsenal claim their first title since 2004. 

Arsene Wenger's men were in scintillating form during the Emirates Cup as they swept aside Lyon 6-0 on Saturday and will be hoping to use the season's traditional curtain raiser on Sunday to lay down a marker to their rivals. 

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