Next Game

Sydney FC v Chelsea

Tuesday, 02 June 2015, 11:00

Friendly Match

Last Game

Thailand All-Stars 0 - 1 Chelsea

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 12:00

Friendly Match

Wenger: No Fabregas regrets

Arsene Wenger is adamant there are no regrets about not re-signing Cesc Fabregas following the former Arsenal captain’s impressive debut for Chelsea.

Last Updated: 22/08/14 at 08:00 Post Comment

Cesc Fabregas: Midfielder enjoyed an impressive debut for Chelsea

Cesc Fabregas: Midfielder enjoyed an impressive debut for Chelsea

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Fabregas left Arsenal in 2011 for boyhood club Barcelona and Wenger had the option to bring the Spain international back to Emirates Stadium this summer.

Wenger decided against pursuing a deal and Fabregas instead signed for Chelsea, making an immediate impact for Jose Mourinho’s side in Monday’s 3-1 win at Burnley.

Arsenal boss Wenger conceded it was ‘strange’ to see Fabregas playing for another Premier League, but his only regret is that the 27-year-old ever left his club in the first place.

“I watched the game, yes,” said Wenger regarding Fabregas’ performance against Burnley. “It was [strange seeing him in a Chelsea shirt]. 

“You have to accept that professional players move from club to club and it was difficult for me to see him leave us. After he has left us for one club, you accept the idea that he can move to some different clubs. Of course it was a bit strange but he had a good game. 

“I have no regret about [Arsenal not re-signing Fabregas] at all. My regret is that he left us.”

However, Wenger believes that current Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has the potential to replicate Fabregas’ impact for the club.

He added: “Yes. That's good in life - somebody moves out and somebody else takes over. 

“Aaron Ramsey has a different style to Fabregas. He has developed into a player with huge potential and I think there is more coming out of Aaron Ramsey in the future. 

“He's younger than Cesc and the potential is there to get more out of Aaron.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal head to Everton on Saturday and Wenger has acknowledged his admiration for Romelu Lukaku, who completed a £28million permanent move to Goodison Park from Chelsea this summer.

“I like Lukaku very much because he has a good mixture of physical presence and technical quality,” said Wenger. “I like his attitude. It is full of desire and that is a big part in the success of a centre-forward.

“It was a surprise [Everton spent that much] because they refused until now to do it. That’s the price to pay for ambition nowadays. They are ambitious, which is good.”

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

W

ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

CamberleyGooner
The Back To It Gossip

Footer 365

Real Madrid are confident of landing David de Gea

Real Madrid are growing increasingly confident of signing Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Utd target Lloris denies release clause

Tottenham's Hugo Lloris has confirmed that there is no release clause in his contract amid rumours linking the goalkeeper with a move to Manchester United and PSG.

Kevin De Bruyne not for sale, insist Wolfsburg

DFB-Pokal winners Wolfsburg have insisted that Manchester City target Kevin de Bruyne is going nowhere this summer.

Mail Box

Calling Carlo For Liverpool... Please

One Liverpool Mailer wants a manager who isn't starstruck by the job. Plus why Milner has now become overrated, play-offs for the title, Ronaldinho and democracy..

James Milner: Jose's Perfect Player?

Probably. But presumably he would not swap one bench for another. We have mails on over-hyped players, Arsenal enthusiasm, UEFA, FIFA and naked dudes...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company