However, when questioned on whether the Gunners can be crowned champions, Cech says that he believes his side can challenge but feels Jose Mourinho’s men are still the favourites.
“I know that we have a team which can challenge for the title,” he explained.
“Chelsea surprise me because they have one of the best squads in the Premier League. It’s difficult to evaluate, but it’s a long season and in my eyes they are still the favourites for the title.”
Added pressure or genuine belief?
It’s difficult to assess whether Cech’s Chelsea claims are genuine or whether he is simply adding more pressure on his former side, considering their start to the season.
Jose Mourinho’s men have claimed just eight points from their opening eight matches, conceding an unimaginable 17 goals in the process.
Their title hopes already look in stark danger of being over, whereas the Gunners on the other hand have started to show their true colours in recently, thrashing Manchester United 3-0 last weekend.
In what still remains a long season ahead, it’s difficult to envisage Chelsea in their current form challenging for the title – a scenario many would have dismissed with laughter only two months ago.