by Lewis Ambrose

Last summer saw Chelsea let Frank Lampard leave, and he ended up with rivals Premier League title.

Chelsea’s all-time top goalscorer scored in his first game against the Premier League champions after leaving, netting an equaliser for Manchester City early on in the 2014/15 season. The England midfielder is now on his way to MLS, and is preparing for his New York City FC debut this weekend.

However, Lampard will surely keep a keen eye on the Premier League and the club he is considered a hero. Arsenal have clinched the signature of Lampard’s former teammate Petr Čech and the England midfielder isn’t sure that Chelsea strengthening a rival is the best of ideas.

“Arsenal signing Petr Čech is a big deal,” said the midfielder.

“A lot of mates who are Arsenal fans have bemoaned their keeper situation for ages.

“Cech is a world-class keeper and person and can help push Arsenal into the running next season.”

The goalkeeper has cost Arsenal £11M and clearly Lampard believes the Gunners will be even closer to the top with him in goal.

“Arsenal weren’t a million miles away over the last few seasons.

“They are always challenging before falling just short but Cech going there, as John Terry said recently, will save them points.”

Arsenal won as many points as anyone in the second half of the season, but need to be more consistent. The former England midfielder still thinks his former clubs have the edge over Arsenal, but expects Čech to have a positive influence.

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“Manchester City and Chelsea will be challenging for the title once again. 

“They remain favourites but Petr will make a difference.”