It has been a sore point all season, the arrival of Cesc Fabregas in London with Chelsea and not Arsenal.

Hard enough to take in the first place, his form since signing for that lot has been sickeningly good.

Fabregas has spoken a couple of times of how Arsenal rejected the chance to sign him when he became available.

Now, speaking at a Q&A at the Emirates in the Diamond Club, the manager has revealed that if he had purchased Fabregas, he would have had to sell someone and only had 48 hours to decide.

He said

[the regret] with Fabregas is that he made them [Chelsea] better.

He then spoke about how he had Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilsheer and the other midfielders at the club, such as Santi Cazorla, and to facilitate a move for Cesc he would have had to sell a player when he had no plans to do so.

It still doesn’t make it any more pleasant that Cesc turns out in blue every week, but, well, such is life.


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