Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has admitted that the reason his summer return to Arsenal didn't materialise is Arsene Wenger's faith in Mesut Ozil.
Fabregas has made a tremendous start to life as a Chelsea player following a £27m summer switch from Barcelona which surprised many, including Gunners fans who would have loved to bring their former captain back to the Emirates.
Arsenal are hardly short of central midfield options though and ultimately Wenger decided he couldn't make room for his former talisman despite holding a buy-back clause on the Spanish midfielder, who is quoted by Metro as insisting it's time for both to move on.
Ozil got in the way of emotional reunion
Fabregas revealed: "Changing clubs is part of the game and people must remember it was Arsenal who didn’t take up the buy-back option for me.
"They told me now [Mesut] Ozil was there, there was no need for me.
‘That’s life. No problem. We move on. Life moves on. Football moves on.’
The 27-year-old is adamant that there would have been ill feeling from Arsenal fans wherever he decided to go, after being told in no uncertain terms by new Barca boss Luis Enrique that he has no part in his first-team plans moving forward.
No pleasing Gunners fans after Wenger snub
Manchester United are also extremely interested in a man with a proven Premier League pedigree, but he chose Chelsea and believes they were the far better option to keep his career on the right track.
"I wanted to keep playing football, enjoying myself and my career and I felt that joining Chelsea was the best option for me. There would have been a reaction wherever I had gone,’ he said.
"If I had moved to Manchester United they would say, “He’s gone to a club that have been our big rivals for such a long time." If it had been Manchester City they would have complained, too.
"Any team I would have gone to, apart from Arsenal, it would have been bad to them."
Mourinho move still looks a masterstroke
Jose Mourinho's clever piece of transfer business has probably been all the harder for Arsenal fans to swallow because Fabregas has made such a swift transition to life at Stamford Bridge, fitting seamlessly into a star-studded Chelsea midfield.
The Spanish schemer has already created six goals in five Premier League games, four of those fellow summer signing Diego Costa.
Chelsea have used Fabregas in a withdrawn central role and it's one in which he's flourished, in stark contrast to a pretty tough start to the season for Ozil.
Arsenal's German playmaker did bag his first goal of the season against Aston Villa last weekend, but it's a feat the £42.4m star needs to repeat much more consistently to banish memories of Fabregas in the long-term.