— Arsenal boss reveals why he snubbed former skipper’s return
Arsene Wenger has insisted it was his choice not to re-sign Cesc Fabregas despite the Chelsea midfielder angling for a move back to north London.
The Gunners had first refusal on their captain after he left to join Barcelona in the summer of 2011. But Wenger turned down the chance to move for the the Spaniard, allowing rivals Chelsea to swoop in a £30million deal last summer.
When asked if Fabregas’s first choice was a return to Arsenal, Wenger replied: ‘Certainly, yes. But when he left we bought Mesut Ozil. We have Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and we were not in the need to buy offensive players.’
‘Cesc will have a great career because he is a great player. We had a very positive influence on his career. After that, I hope everyone feels we had a positive influence.
‘I have no animosity against Fabregas. He is a player I love. We are all professional people and we have to accept that he left.
‘He will get a respectful welcome. Everyone respects Cesc here and I want him to get the welcome he deserves.’