Cesc Fabregas' decision to join Chelsea after finding out Arsenal did not want to activate their option to buy him back has "saddened" one of the club's greatest legends.
Tony Adams, himself one of the greatest ever captain of the Gunners, was speaking to the Daily Express when he revealed his disappointment at how 27-year-old's departure from Barcelona had panned out. Adams wanted Arsene Wenger to re-sign the playmaker, but admitted he could see why the Arsenal boss had decided against it.
"He [Wenger] has a lot of outstanding players, and don't forget Arsenal only paid £40m for Mesut Ozil last year," said Adams.
"They've already got Aaron [Ramsey], Jack [Wilshere], Alex [Oxlade-Chamberlain] and Santi [Cazorla] and I could go on. They have a lot of those types of players.
"Maybe Wenger thought we didn't need that type of player. It saddened me because he was Arsenal captain and it's a shame he's not coming back."
Adams was not the only one who wanted the Spain international back at Emirates Stadium, though the fans that expressed this feeling were using language a little more colourful than "saddened". A number of the Gunners faithful went into full blown shirt burning mode when it was announced that Chelsea had agreed a deal with Barcelona for Fabregas for a relatively low fee of £27million.
Arsenal are expected to make significant additions to the squad this summer as the club look to build on the success of winning the FA Cup last season. A clause in the deal that took Fabregas to Camp Nou from the Emirates in 2011 gave them first option to buy him back, but Wenger opted against this.
The Frenchman is expected to sign a midfielder this summer, though not in the attacking mould of Fabregas but a more defensive addition to patrol in front of the back four. There was a time when many believed the player Wenger brought through as a 16-year-old would be the next 'Mr Arsenal', as Adams was nicknamed, but the search goes on.