Arsene Wenger has reinforced his stance over the controversial decision to not re-sign Cesc Fabregas in the summer.
The Spaniard joined Premier League rivals Chelsea in the summer after Barcelona agreed to sell him for £27 million. So far, Fabregas has been the star of Jose Mourinho's side, assisting their surge to the top of the table.
Buy back clause
It is widely known that Arsenal had the chance to stop Chelsea from signing their former captain. A buy back clause, inserted into the 2011 deal that took Fabregas to the Nou Camp left the Gunners as firm favourites to complete a transfer.
However, Arsenal turned down that chance to the bemusement of fans. The reason for the rejection is down to Wenger's belief that he could not fit Fabregas into the lineup. The likes of Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil already staking a claim for the advanced midfield position.
However, Ozil has failed to impress this season and reports at the weekend suggested the German was determined to quit the Gunners in January. Meanwhile Fabregas is flourishing at Stamford Bridge.
With Bayern Munich supposedly interested, there is every chance Ozil could leave if the reports are true. Despite this, Wenger is confident he made the right decision to not sign Fabregas.
"I don't regret not taking Cesc because we already had a lot of creative players in our midfield," Wenger told beIN Sports.
Wenger's defiant comments will not go very far to silence disgruntled Arsenal fans, who were certain their former talisman would return to the Emirates Stadium in the summer. With Chelsea nine points ahead of them, it makes the sight of Fabregas in a Blue shirt even harder to accept.
But Wenger believes that Arsenal will have the chance to close the gap on the Blues, believing that their difficult run of games has allowed the gap to widen more than it would otherwise be.
He believes roles will reverse at some point during the campaign and that Arsenal will have a chance to close the gap significantly.
"He said: Chelsea will also have a difficult period [in the season]. Our schedule was extremely difficult and I have the belief that we can close the gap to them."