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Soccer News of Wednesday, 25 March 2020

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How Arsene Wenger snubbed when I wanted to return to Arsenal - Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas has opened up on how he was snubbed by Arsene Wenger when he wanted to make a return to the Arsenal.

Fabregas who had 300 appearances for Arsenal where he rose from the youth team left the club for Barcelona in 2011.

When his stint at Barcelona ended, the world cup winner wanted to return to Arsenal but wasn't considered by the club.

Fabregas told Arsecast: “Once I decided to leave (Barcelona), Arsenal had the first option of any other club and I could not speak to any other club for one week to see if Arsenal want me or not.

“Arsene didn’t give an answer, we just had to wait one full week to see if they responded. Definitely this was my first option, in my mind I’m telling everyone I’m going to Arsenal – this is what I want.

“Arsene can see this. I didn’t want to be a beggar, they know the situation, in one week they haven’t said anything, straight away I knew they probably didn’t want me back. They waited the full week without giving me a response.

“After the week I had to take my chance, I had Manchester City, United and then I spoke to [Jose] Mourinho – which I didn’t think would ever happen.

“To be honest, after I left the room with Mourinho I said ‘that’s it, I don’t need to talk to anyone else, I’m going to Chelsea’.

“What he told me, the team he wanted to make, what he thought of me, how he wanted me to play, this is what I wanted.

“On top of that, it’s London, not Manchester, London was my home.”

Fabregas added that he had no regret in his decision to play for Chelsea where he won the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.

“I knew this would have repercussions with Arsenal, it would have been the same with City or United but I wanted to go back to the Premier League,” added the 32-year-old, who is now on the books at Monaco.

“Thank god that I took that decision because those five years I was very happy there, we’ve won everything in England, the best team in English football when I was there. With the fans there was a connection that was impeccable.”