Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has conceded he doesn’t know if it was Francesc Fabregas’ decision not to return to the Emirates Stadium last summer before the Spaniard joined Chelsea.
The former Gunners captain shocked fans of the north London club when he transferred from Barcelona back to the Premier League prior to the start of this campaign, only to link up with Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.
When it was initially reported that he would likely be leaving the Nou Camp the general assumption was that Arsenal would have an immediate leg-up on all of their English rivals, a point reinforced by the fact that Wenger had proven a season before with the purchase of Mesut Ozil that he wasn’t afraid of spending big money.
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Yet Fabregas was still drawn to Chelsea, with speculation inferring that Wenger had opted not to re-sign him. Now, the Frenchman has claimed that the situation wasn’t as simple as many people have made out.
"We will have to discuss that one day, with all the terms... it is not as clean as that," said Wenger, according to The Independent.
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"I cannot speak to you about that [reasons] now because that will not help us to win the game on Sunday.
"I don't know, I don't know [if Fabregas rejected a return]."
Wenger issued a statement yesterday that detailed how he didn’t regret letting Fabregas join one of his biggest title rivals, but supporters will certainly look upon that declaration with doubt.
He may have flagged during the second-half of the campaign but there can be no understating how important the 27-year-old has been for Mourinho this term, and his assists have propelled them towards the Premier League title, which they can now clinch within their next few games.
In contrast Arsenal did manage to land another Barcelona star, Alexis Sanchez, and to his credit he’s performed just as admirably as one might expect from a forward used to competing alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar.
The Chile international is adept at both creating and scoring goals, though the Gunners faithful might be right to believe their side could have had a much more substantiated claim for the domestic title this year had they had he and Fabregas in the same team, not the former bought as an alternative to the latter.
With Arsenal sitting in second place and gearing up to take on Mourinho’s men this weekend that point is as relevant as it’s ever going to be, though of course one can never assume to know the intricacies of deals like Fabregas’.
Perhaps Wenger’s words hint at problems he was privy to if and when negotiations concerning a potential return for the Spaniard ever took place. In any case though he might look to move on from the situation quickly, but fans will be reminded every time Fabregas steals the show.
Arsenal fans, do you still think your club could have done more to sign Fabregas? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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