The subject of whether Arsenal should have tried to use the first refusal option to buy back the former club captain Cesc Fabregas was always going to come up after the Spanish midfielder joined our Premier League rivals Chelsea. And once Fabregas put in an impressive display in his first Premier League game for them, which earned him the Man of the Match award from Sky Sports, it was no surprise to see Arsene Wenger being asked about him in yesterday’s press conference on Arsenal Player.
Wenger said, “I think you have to accept professional players move from club to club.
‘It was difficult for me to see him leave us, but once he has left us for one club you accept the idea he can move to some different clubs.
‘Of course it was a bit strange [to see him playing for Chelsea], but he had a good game.
‘I have no regret about that [Fabregas joining Chelsea] at all, my regret is that he left us.”
The Arsenal boss then went on to suggest that the amazing improvement in our young Welshman Aaaron Ramsey was the major reason for not trying to bring the Spaniard back, despite saying that the two midfielders are different in their styles. Wenger also suggested that Ramsey’s age and current ability suggest that he could well turn out to be better than our former star.
I can understand that, of course, but still wonder whether a player like Fabregas could not have been fitted in to the side, especially when you see the way the Gunners are fluent in their positions, with Rosicky, Cazorla, Ozil, Wilshere and Chamberlain all interchangeable to a certain extent.
Is Wenger right, or will we end up with egg on our faces?