Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Arsenal are now title contenders following their signing of Mesut Özil.
The Gunners were negotiating a loan deal with Chelsea for Senegal striker Demba Ba but Mourinho pulled the plug on the deal once he learned the Gunners move for the German. He did not want to strengthen Arsenal even further after their purchase of Özil improved the squad greatly.
“We did not accept the offer from Arsenal for Demba Ba because their signing of Özil had already made them title contenders”
“Everybody loves Özil and they can see a bit of Figo and Zidane in the player.”
The quotes were from an interview the Portuguese took with Spanish newspaper Marca.
Arsenal’s purchase of Özil is obviously a good move by Wenger with Mourinho now concerned about the Gunners and their role in the title race. Not much was expected from Arsenal this season but German could push them right in with a chance of lifting the Premier League.
The Gunners have had to stick with rebel striker Nicklas Bendtner after Ba’s collapsed move with the Dane assuring the clubs fans he will do everything he can for the club if selected.