Wenger: I don’t regret letting Fabregas join Chelsea ahead of Arsenal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he has no regrets about not re-signing Cesc Fabregas last summer

Arsene Wenger insists that he has no regrets about letting Cesc Fabregas move to Chelsea last summer.

The Spaniard joined the west London club in a £27m deal last year and has been one of the Premier League’s top performing midfielders this season.

Fabregas has scored three goals and made 16 assists to help Chelsea build a 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League table heading into Sunday’s clash with Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

Wenger had the opportunity to bring the 27-year-old back to Emirates Stadium in the summer but opted not to re-sign the midfielder before the Spaniard’s move to Arsenal’s London rivals.

And the 65-year-old insists that his only regret about the situation was that Fabregas wanted to leave Emirates Stadium for Barcelona in 2011 after eight years at the north London club.

Speaking at a news conference at Arsenal’s training ground on Thursday morning, Wenger said: “The only regret I have is that he wanted to leave here.

“I think this club and myself had a positive influence on Cesc’s life so I would be a bit uncomfortable to have to justify myself today [as to] why he’s not here.

“I believe that I’d rather it be the other around.”

Arsenal are second in the table heading into Sunday’s game.

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