Cesc Fabregas has revealed how Arsenal FC turned him down before he secured his move to Chelsea FC from Barcelona.
Fabregas’s transfer to Chelsea from Barcelona has created a lot of furore, especially among the Arsenal fans. The Spaniard was the “prodigal son” of Arsenal, who was expected to return home, if and when he left the Catalan club – or so the Gooners hoped. But football doesn’t follow script and the fans were left heartbroken with news of Fabregas donning the Chelsea jersey from next season.
The 27-year-old left for his boyhood club Barcelona after spending nearly eight years at Arsenal, but struggled to establish himself in the Spanish team. The Spanish international was deemed excess to requirement at Camp Nou at the end of last season and he was put for sell. As expected, a lot of clubs were linked with a move for him, but Arsenal were considered as the favourites due to the presence of “first refusal” clause in his contract.
But to everyone’s surprise, Arsene Wenger chose to ignore Cesc Fabregas as the Gunners were already heavily loaded in the attacking midfield department. The former Arsenal skipper has now revealed he was informed by Arsene Wenger that his place in the squad has already been occupied by Mesut Ozil, who arrived at the club in a big money move last season.
“There came a moment when I decided my time at Barcelona was over and I only tried to look for the best option for me.
“Arsenal were the first option due to a clause in the contract. We spoke with Wenger and he said that with Ozil they had this position well covered.
“From there, I had other very good offers and I looked for the best in the Premier League, which is where I wanted to go.
“I spoke with Jose Mourinho and he won me over, he convinced me, told me what I wanted to hear and from there everything was very quick.
“I hope that this new phase of my career goes phenomenally well.” – Fabregas revealed in an interview.
Arsenal fans have heavily criticized Arsene Wenger on social media for turning down this offer to sign back their beloved Cesc Fabregas, but on the hindsight, the Frenchman did what was best for his club. Arsenal do need a lot of strengthening this summer, but signing another attacking midfielder, for a large chunk of the transfer budget, is the least of his concerns at the moment.