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Chelsea and Arsenal have had some exchange of players in recent years, with the likes of Ashley Cole and William Gallas being swapped over a decade ago, and we have seen Olivier Giroud move from Arsenal, with David Luiz going the other way round.
However, former Chelsea striker Demba Ba has revealed how former Blues boss Jose Mourinho blocked his path to Arsenal.
Ba joined Chelsea in January 2013 from Newcastle after impressing during his two-year stay with the Magpies, but he was unable to cement a regular starting role in Jose Mourinho’s team.
Chelsea had Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o in the team, as well as Ba who was deemed surplus to requirement. However, with Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil at the time, Mourinho wasn’t keen on seeing the striker team up with Ozil.
Ba who’s now at Istanbul Basaksehir, has recalled how Mourinho blocked his move to Chelsea rivals Arsenal.
“I was really close [to joining Arsenal]. I was at my house in Paris, having a day off, when I got a phone call from Arsene Wenger – he asked if I’d come back to London for a medical,” Ba told FourFourTwo. “I woke up at 9am on transfer deadline day, jumped on a train, got to London, but then it never happened.
“Arsenal made a couple of signings on the same day [Mesut Ozil and Emiliano Viviano] and Mourinho chose to block the deal, as he didn’t want to help make one of Chelsea’s competitors stronger.”