Arsenal hero: Chelsea pulled off the Deal of the Century!

Paul Merson believes Arsenal pulled off the Deal of the Century to sign Nemanja Matic.

Chelsea's Nemanja Matic has been a game changer for them, showcased with his midfield dominance against Manchester City a week ago.

The Serbian was signed from Benfica for £21 million last month, and has been integral to the club's success in recent matches.

With the midfielder proving an instant upgrade to Jon Obi Mikel, former Arsenal hero Paul Merson is not alone in believing they pulled off a real coup.

He told Soccer Saturday, as related by L'Equipe:

"This is the deal of the century."

Matic covered more ground than any player at the weekend against Newcastle, more than seven miles over the whole game.

Manager Jose Mourinho is also confident Matic will be a hero, stating upon his arrival:

"Matic has grown as a player during his time in Portugal and he has come back to this club as a fantastic all-round midfielder."

Paul Merson is well known for his hyperbole, but if Matic can prove the decisive player in propelling Chelsea towards the Premier League title, few will argue the success of his signing.

Jose Mourinho declares his side the 'little horse' in the race, but there's no doubting he has signed a stallion to dominate in the centre of the park.

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