Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has confirmed that he didn't join Arsenal because they already had too many similar players in his position.
The Spanish international also revealed that he had offers on the table from two other unnamed English clubs before he opted to join Chelsea.
Fabregas joined Chelsea over the summer from Barcelona in a transfer worth around £30 million, and has been an instant hit at Stamford Bridge so far. He's already got seven assists in his first seven Premier League games, helping the Blues to the top of the table.
The 27-year-old had a clause written into his contract when he left Arsenal to join Barcelona in 2011, allowing the Gunners to re-sign him if he chose to leave the Nou Camp. However they passed up on that option and he opted to join Chelsea instead.
Fabregas was booed by Arsenal fans in their encounter at Stamford Bridge on Sunday against Chelsea, who won thanks to goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa - who scored from a superb long-range ball from the former Gunners captain.
Now the midfielder has shed some light on the thought behind Arsenal's decision, claiming that boss Arsene Wenger felt well covered in his position and so opted to pass up the chance to sign him.
He said in an interview with Cope: "Wenger was already covered with Ozil, Cazorla and Wilshere, and so I was less needed [to fill a midfield] position, so I decided to go to Chelsea. Arsenal had an option, but they told me there had similar players in my position."
Interestingly, Fabregas also revealed he had two other offers on the table from English teams along with Chelsea. Manchester United were heavily linked with a move for him, while Manchester City have two former Barcelona chiefs on their board - Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain - which means it is likely that they made an approach.
However a face-to-face meeting with Jose Mourinho convinced him that Chelsea was the right club for him.
"It was arranged through my agent," he explained. There was no call with Mourinho, just a face to face meeting.
If I had not had confidence [in Chelsea] I would not have talking with [Mourinho]. [Jose] showed by great respect and convinced me quickly. We were honest, we put aside any history, and I made my decision after talking with him. Overall, I had three options [on the table from] England.