The Chelsea dressing room door will be open for Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech at the end of the match, says Jose Mourinho

Cech is the Arsenal goalkeeper 'until the game ends'

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he will leave the dressing room door open for Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech - but only at the end of the game.

Cech, 33, left Chelsea for Arsenal in the summer after 10 brilliant years in Blue, where he won numerous trophies and set records as the club's No 1.

But the emergence of Thibaut Courtois left Cech without much game time last season, and he left - much to the regret of Mourinho - to become Arsenal's first-choice.

Mourinho said that Cech will be welcomed back into his former dressing room after the final whistle has blown.

"Arsenal goalkeeper until the game ends. When the game ends, if he wants to come to our dressing room, the door is open for him," said the Chelsea manager.

Mourinho was also coy when asked about Arsene Wenger beating him during the Community Shield, the first time in 14 attempts Wenger had beat his rival.

"I don't think it's important now and I don't think tomorrow people is focused on that. I think people is focused on what happens on the pitch," Mourinho said.

Chelsea are 17th in the standings after their miserable start of four points from five matches, 11 adrift of leaders Manchester City. Mourinho is ignoring everything other than the Gunners.

"If we are looking to the table, I don't think that helps," he added.

"It's a match I want to isolate from every possible context. It's just Chelsea-Arsenal and it's a match that we want to win. If it's a pre-season friendly against Arsenal, we want to win. Community Shield, the same."

Additional reporting from PA

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