There has much talk about Arsenal’s so-called “first option” on bringing Cesc Fabregas back to the Emirates if he ever left Barcelona, but according to this interview with Arsene Wenger in the Telegraph, he did not even consider getting him to rejoin his old team-mates.
Here is a direct quote from the article:
Asked whether a buy-back option in the contract existed, Wenger replied: “Yes.” Asked specifically whether he had decided not to take up that option he also simply said: “Yes.”
Wenger then added: “We bought Mesut Özil for £40 million the year before in the same position. Look, Fabregas was here at Arsenal. Once and for all, he decided to leave. When a player with those characteristics decides to leave the club, you have to buy somebody else. And that is what we did.
“Why should we buy again somebody else who has already been replaced by somebody else? That means he’s somebody else twice.”
So it looks like we were all wasting our breath when we were discussing whether our old captain was going to be brought back into the fold. Did Wenger make a big mistake?