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Cech: Mou rapport strong

 By Ian Holyman

Abou Diaby grateful for Arsenal fans' support after Marseille transfer

Abou Diaby signed for Arsenal from Marseille in 2006.

New Marseille midfielder Abou Diaby has told RMC he was "touched" by the reaction to his departure from Arsenal this summer.

Arsenal fans paid tribute to Diaby, 29, on Twitter, with the midfielder having been released by the Premier League club when his contract expired in June.

There was as much sympathy for the injury-plagued Frenchman as praise following a nine-year stint in North London during which he made 180 first-team appearances.

"I was touched. In nine years, I had difficult moments, but...

Sol Campbell: There will be non-white PM before non-white England boss

Sol Campbell has moved away from football and into politics.

Former Tottenham, Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell has spent the past few months playing a different kind of game. After a career spanning two decades where he won 73 caps and every major honour in England, the 40-year-old has moved into the world of politics and tried to secure the Conservative Party nomination for London Mayor but did not make the shortlist.

ESPN FC caught up with the former defender to discuss football, politics and what the future holds.

Q. The Premier League starts...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Petr Cech sale to Arsenal from Chelsea 'surprised' Mathieu Flamini

The ESPN FC crew weigh in Jose Mourinho allowing Petr Cech to leave Chelsea for rival club Arsenal.
In an exclusive interview with ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says letting Petr Cech go to Arsenal was tough but Thibaut Courtois is one of the top three goalkeepers in the world.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's "good favour" in selling Petr Cech to Arsenal was a surprise for Mathieu Flamini, the Gunners midfielder has said ahead of the two sides meeting ijn Sunday's Community Shield at Wembley.

Cech, 33, left the Premier League champions this summer for £11 million, having lost his place in the side to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, with Blues owner Roman Abramovich sanctioning the transfer.

Flamini, whose future with the Gunners has been the subject of conjecture,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Petr Cech says relationship with Chelsea's Jose Mourinho still strong

In an exclusive interview with ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says letting Petr Cech go to Arsenal was tough but Thibaut Courtois is one of the top three goalkeepers in the world.

Petr Cech has maintained there are no hard feelings between himself and Jose Mourinho regarding the former Chelsea keeper's move to London rivals Arsenal this summer.

Cech transferred to the Emirates in June after Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic vetoed Mourinho's suggestion to not let the longtime Blues shot-stopper head to a rival.

Mourinho has  since come to terms with the decision and even praised his boss for letting the Champions League winner head to a Premier League contender. And Cech,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Cesc Fabregas says his love for Arsenal will never change

In an exclusive chat with ESPNFC's Shaka Hislop, Jose Mourinho says the wealth of the Premier League makes it the top competition in the world.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas says his affection for Arsenal will never change, despite the prospect of a hostile reception at Wembley this weekend.

Chelsea, Fabregas' current team, will face Arsenal in the Community Shield on Sunday. And Fabregas, who spent eight years with Arsene Wenger before moving to Barcelona in 2011, has promised his fond memories of being a Gunner won't be soured by anything that takes place in London over the weekend.

"Whatever it is, it is. The love I have for that...