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Saturday 19 August 2017

ARSENE Wenger reckons he could have re-signed Cesc Fabregas and trumped Jose Mourinho but that he has no regrets that he didn't.

ARSENE Wenger reckons he could have re-signed Cesc Fabregas and trumped Jose Mourinho but that he has no regrets that he didn't.

The Gunners' boss claims that Arsenal was Fabregas's preferred option when he made the decision to leave Barcelona.

"Certainly, yes. I don't want to make a big story of that because you have to accept that once he had moved away from us, and it was the first separation which was difficult for us."

"Once he went to Barcelona, he could have gone anywhere else after. I personally believe that deal (with Chelsea) was done a long time ago, early 2014."

"Everybody has the freedom to go where they want. We have to respect their decisions. As long as we are not in contention (for the transfer), we cannot stop people going where they want."

"I have also told you before why it was not a subject for us - we were in search of more up front and more defensive opportunities than creative midfielders. We have many.

"When Cesc left we bought Ozil to buy an offensive player. We have Cazorla, we have Wilshere, we have Ramsey, we have Oxlade-Chamberlain, who are all offensive players. We were not in the need to buy offensive players.

"It makes sense if you just look at the balance of the team. I think that was a decision that is easy to understand."

Arsenal meet Chelsea tomorrow and Wenger conceded the 6-0 mauling at Stamford Bridge in March was a day they would certainly "never forget".

He said: "It was of course a very bad memory. Performance in the next game that counts, that is what we want to do."

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