The Czech Republic ended his highly successful 11 years with the West London outfit to move across the city to the Gunners in a deal worth a reported £11million fee last month and went against the wishes of Mourinho, who suggested on numerous occasions towards the end of the season that he was reluctant to sell to a direct rival.
But given Cech’s relationship with Blues owner Roman Abramovich, he was allowed to join the club of his choice and with a preference to stay in the capital to avoid uprooting his family abroad, the 33-year-old decided to stay in England and sign for the Gunners.
There has been unconfirmed reports that Mourinho was furious that arch-enemy Arsene Wenger was able to complete a deal for the keeper and Clarke feels the Portuguese will struggle to accept the fact that Cech has strengthened a rival for the Premier League title.
“For me, he’s still one of the best goalkeepers in the world,” Clarke said.
“He’s a great signing for Arsenal.”
“I smile a bit when I see Jose’s comments because I know inside it will be killing him having to sell one of his best players to a title rival,” Clarke added.
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Cech made his first appearance for the Gunners in their Barclays Asia Trophy final game against Everton last Saturday and pulled off a stunning save in the first half to give supporters a glimpse of his brilliant shot-stopping qualities.