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Chelsea made huge mistake selling Petr Cech to Arsenal - Piers Morgan

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Outspoken celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan believes Chelsea’s decision to sell Petr Cech to the Gunners in the summer was a “moment of catastrophic madness”.

Morgan, who recently landed a permanent role to host ITV’s breakfast show Good Morning Britain, has compared the transfer to Arsenal’s decision to sell Robin van Persie to Manchester United back in 2012.

“Chelsea selling us @PetrCech is their RVP-to-United moment of catastrophic madness,” the broadcaster tweeted. “He's been magnificent. #afc”.

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It should be noted, however, that Jose Mourinho did not want Cech to join a direct rival - particularly Arsenal, managed by a man he has little respect for in the form of Arsene Wenger.

Cech was granted permission to join the Gunners by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who felt he owed it to the veteran goalkeeper following 11 years of tremendous service at Stamford Bridge.

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Cech has been magnificent for Arsenal

Cech wanted to stay in London, where he and his family are settled, but the only club able to offer him Champions League football and the chance to add to his silverware collection were Arsenal.

The Czech Republic international, 33, has been magnificent for the north London outfit over the past few months.

He played a key role in helping Arsenal beat Chelsea in the Community Shield - Wenger’s first ever win over Mourinho - and after 11 matches played in the Premier League this season, the Gunners have the joint-best defensive record in the top flight.

Cech also made several crucial saves in Arsenal’s recent 2-0 win over Bayern Munich - a result that keeps alive Wenger’s side’s faint hopes of securing qualification for the knockout rounds.

Courtois is better than Cech

While Chelsea probably should have been more ruthless towards Cech and told him he could move anywhere other than to a direct rival, there’s no doubt Mourinho was right to demote him to the role of back-up goalkeeper behind the world-class Thibaut Courtois.

It’s just unfortunate for Chelsea that Courtois suffered a serious injury early in the campaign, although Asmir Begovic is certainly a decent back-up option.

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