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Cesc Fabregas Says He Wanted to Join Arsenal After Barcelona Exit

Cesc Fabregas Says He Wanted to Join Arsenal After Barcelona Exit Photo: TT
Cesc Fabregas in Action for AS Monaco

Cesc Fabregas has said that he wanted to join Arsenal when he left Barcelona in the summer of 2014.

The Spain international midfielder moved to Chelsea from Spanish and European giants Barcelona in the summer of 2014.

The 32-year-old was on the books of Arsenal from 2003 until the summer of 2011 when he returned to Barcelona for 25.4 million pounds.

The midfielder did not have a great time on his return to Camp Nou, and he left the Blaugrana after three seasons.

Fabregas has said that before he moved to Chelsea, he wanted to switch to London rivals and his former club Arsenal, but then Gunners manager Arsene Wenger did not take up the option of first refusal to bring him back to the Emirates Stadium.

Fabregas told Arseblog: “Once I decided to leave (Barcelona), Arsenal had the first option of any other club and I could not speak to any other club for one week to see if Arsenal want me or not.

“Arsene didn’t give an answer, we just had to wait one full week to see if they responded. Definitely this was my first option, in my mind I’m telling everyone I’m going to Arsenal - this is what I want.

“Arsene can see this. I didn’t want to be a beggar, they know the situation, in one week they haven’t said anything, straight away I knew they probably didn’t want me back. They waited the full week without giving me a response.”

Fabregas played for Chelsea from 2014 until January 2019 when he moved to Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco.

During his time at the Blues, the Spaniard won the Premier League title twice and the FA Cup once.

So far this season, Fabregas has made 12 starts and six substitute appearances in Ligue 1 for Monaco, providing three assists in the process.

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