Tuesday 23 January 2018

Arsenal boss regrets Fabregas sale as Chelsea visit Emirates

Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas signed for Chelsea in the summer
Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas signed for Chelsea in the summer

ARSENE Wenger has admitted that he still regrets the day he lost Cesc Fabregas but has called on Arsenal fans to ignore the fact he is wearing a blue shirt at the Emirates on Sunday and show the man some respect.

“My regret is him leaving here,” said Wenger when asked about Fabregas’s return to the Premier League in a Chelsea shirt. “I want every player to be respected.”

Chelsea put Manchester United’s hopeful late run at the top to the sword last weekend and if they can do the same with Arsenal, the Premier League race is run. But Wenger has not lost hope.

“There was a turning point last week with Manchester United not beating Chelsea. Now we can get closer to Chelsea on Sunday,” he said.

Wenger has shrugged aside suggestions that his relationship with Jose Mourinho makes this a big grudge match.

“Sunday’s match not about relationship between managers,” said the Frenchman today. “It is about watching a good game.”

Wenger strayed from the normal pre-match script to send his good wishes top Irish jockey AP McCoy who faces his final hurdle at Sandown on Saturday and offered some advice about what he can do in his much expanded spare time.

“I give him my final encouragement and invite him to dedicate his time to support Arsenal,” said Wenger.

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