- Demba Ba has stated clearly that Mourinho blocked him from joining Arsenal
- The Gunners wanted to sign the Senegalese seven years ago under Wenger
- Ba explained that Mourinho told him not to join the North London side
Senegalese striker Demba Ba has explained that his former manager at Stamford Bridge Jose Mourinho blocked his move to join Premier League side Arsenal in 2013.
Demba Ba was one of the most feared strikers in the Premier League during his days in England considering the kind of goals he scored in the topflight.
Liverpool fans would never forget how he hurt them years back with the goal he scored against the Reds which made Steven Gerrard not win Premier League title in his career.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wanted to lure Demba to the Gunners.
Demba was in his house in Paris when Wenger called him to come and have medicals to which he agreed and boarded a train to London.
But when he got to London and ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho heard that Demba wanted to join Arsenal, the Portuguese blocked the move immediately.
“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,'' Ba told FourFourTwo.
The rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger in the Premier League was intense and the Portuguese had the highest number of wins.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Jose Mourinho was in charge at Old Trafford between 2016 and 2018 and he has claimed that on loan Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is better than David De Gea.
Current United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is faced with the tough decision as regards who will be in goal in their final game against Leicester City.
Angry Manchester United fans have called for De Gea to be dropped as they claim Chelsea’s three goals were way too easy for him to concede.
Solskjaer has repeatedly defended his No .1 but even he lost patience on Sunday, saying De Gea should have saved Mason Mount's shot "100 times out of 100".
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