Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has revealed that he's 'surprised' by Chelsea's deterioration this season.
As reported by the Mirror, Cech, who left the Stamford Bridge outfit behind in favour of a move to north London in the summer transfer window, claims that 'it's very hard to believe' that the Blues have struggled so much this season.
Chelsea currently find themselves in 16th position in the Premier League table - a remarkable 15 points behind Arsenal, who currently sit alongside Manchester City at the top of the division.
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Without Cech at their disposal, Chelsea have conceded 23 goals in just 12 Premier League games while the Gunners have only shipped nine league goals.
Cech has certainly been taken aback by his former club's position, as he told Tyden: "It makes me surprised. It's a team that six months ago won the league.
“Players stayed there, the coach added more to his liking. It is very hard to believe that the club is in such a state.
"I was surprised to see their suffering at the beginning of the league, but I was even more taken aback by the fact that the crisis still continues.”
Cech changes everything
There should be no underestimating the importance of Cech at the Emirates. The goalkeeper may well be approaching the latter stages of his career, but he remains a world-class shot-stopper.
Cech has completely changed the dynamic at Arsenal and there's no reason why he won't be able to inspire Arsene Wenger's side to Premier League title success this season.
Chelsea, on the other hand, could do with Cech in their team. With Thibaut Courtois on the sidelines, Asmir Begovic has played a prominent role between the sticks recently, but he's not in the same class as their former hero.
Can Cech inspire the Gunners to the title? Have your say below!