15th August 2011 the day Fabregas left Arsenal football club, enticed by his boyhood heroes Barcelona. Who could blame a young man wanting to play for his local team which was also the best team in the world and one of best teams in the history of the game?

Cesc made a personal decision that he believed was best for himself at a time when Arsenal needed him the most. This does not make him a Villain or a traitor, Fabregas did many wonderful things for Arsenal which should not be minimised or tainted, and he will still have a place in many Arsenal fans hearts. The memories of games against A.C Milan and Tottenham Hotspur will never fade with time.

Today Fabregas signed for Chelsea, Arsenal had first refusal and there is every indication Fabregas would have joined Arsenal had a bid materialised. Cesc is a world class player one which most clubs would desire, however the decision not to buy Fabregas was the only decision that realistically could be made by Arsene Wenger.

The sad fact is Arsenal no longer need Cesc, Arsenal have moved on with an endless supply of quality attacking midfielders Ozil, Ramsey, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky & Cazorla all vying for that central attacking position.

Buying Fabregas would at best mean he would be used as squad player because all the players just mentioned deserve to play. Ramsey has been a revelation this season easily one of the best performers in the Premier league, Wilshere is probably the most naturally gifted footballer produced by England since Gascoigne, Oxlade-Chamberlain has unlimited potential and undoubtedly will become world class, why should their progress be stunted by the return of Fabregas.

Spending £27M on a player whose position is filled with a number of world class players would not make sense. Arsenal need to buy at least one top class striker a winger, defensive midfielder and need to replace the departing Sagna. With £100M to spend which has been diligently saved over the last ten years it would be unacceptable to spend nearly a third of it in this way.

It was a difficult decision but the only decision. Well done to Arsenal for not making the decision Cesc wanted or the fairy tale demanded but the decision Arsenal needed.

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0 #17 Kentaylor 2014-07-11 17:44
Yes we nearly made it with and also without him, he is not a fighter never beat lampard or Terry always backing out of the crunch.build anew team on the foundations of the existing players and with the new guys it will not be worse.forwards and upwards
0 #16 Nsikak 2014-07-09 01:16
what's all the fuss about Fabregas about? He is a great player, yes, but he abandoned us when we needed him most...that's betrayal. I can't remember what we won when he was the captain...meaning he doesn't possess the qualities of a real captain. If he were as good as we are rating him, he will still be a Barca player today. WISE DECISION WENGER! We are waiting for Alexis.
-1 #15 ACHERCO 2014-07-08 14:50
this player refused to wear Arsenal shirt
because Wenger asked him to stay. Even last season asked him to come back when he wasn't playing but he refused. REMEMBER GOONERS HE REFUSED TO WEAR THE SHIRT. A TRUE GOONER WILL NEVER REFUSE TO WEAR THE SHIRT. WHY DID HE DECIDE TO GO TO THE CHAVES? ASK YOURSELF THAT. HE COULD HAVE GONE TO PSG
-3 #14 ivan jordan apita 2014-07-06 07:48
Wenger is a stupid Manager how can he compare a best young star in the world cup 2014 with just sanogo, sanogo should go on a permnent deal if wenger wants FA cup again. Van gaal is in premier league table will change.
-3 #13 #Aaron James Ramsey 2014-07-05 13:35
Wenger! Why didn't you buy Fabregas?! Now he joined Chelsea.
0 #12 EastSideGunner 2014-06-14 19:48
Quoting dunkamz:
if i were to be consulted, i wud have sold cazorla for £18m to the interested atletico n top-up the remaining £8m from the transfer Kitty which wud av been a very fair n ambitious deal.... i was very concerned wit cazorla's form in the better part of last season ....moreover, i can bet wit my last penny dat fab is a big upgrade of santi ...in addition whether yu like it or not arsenal is mising the leadership of a true gunner like fabrigas....however, i fear to see Cesc going the Mata way



Where actually did Cesc's leadership drive us to if I may ask
-1 #11 Meder 2014-06-13 10:20
AW needs to sign at least two players - world class striker and DM to not regret he missed on Fab.
+2 #10 dunkamz 2014-06-13 10:01
if i were to be consulted, i wud have sold cazorla for £18m to the interested atletico n top-up the remaining £8m from the transfer Kitty which wud av been a very fair n ambitious deal.... i was very concerned wit cazorla's form in the better part of last season ....moreover, i can bet wit my last penny dat fab is a big upgrade of santi ...in addition whether yu like it or not arsenal is mising the leadership of a true gunner like fabrigas....however, i fear to see Cesc going the Mata way
+5 #9 Alex Lewis 2014-06-13 09:35
Are you serious? We need Cesc! Our midfield is so light and injury prone we have to sign a random swede with a broken back. We desperately needed Cesc.
+5 #8 CaliGooner 2014-06-13 09:12
WE DONT NEED FABREGAS... period. deluded Gooners go support Chavs. This same guy FORCED his way out of Emirates by STRIKING, REFUSED TO TRAIN, PAID PART OF HIS TRANSFER FEE... besides he was a Barca Player tranfered to Chelski NOT an Arsenal player. Would any of you gooners trade JW, Ozil, or Ramsey for Cesc? he may not be the same player he was few years back. Stick Arshavin and TV5 in your mind for a second, players diminish. You dont buy a player for £27M because of sentiments. Kudos to Wenger and Arsenal. Nobody is bigger than our club.
+4 #7 Ryan 2014-06-13 09:11
My problem is not with him not coming back to Arsenal but with him going to Chelsea, any other club in the f***ing world (expert for Man U).
+3 #6 Matt 2014-06-13 08:50
Yep, I agree with the article and still love Fabregas. The balance of the squad is what we're after, not sentimentality.

One thing to bear in mind is that Fabregas is a Barca player going to Chelsea - not an Arsenal player going to Chelea.
+2 #5 Alan 2014-06-13 08:30
So......Sagna is off to City, Fabregas has signed for Chelsea.....and Wenger sits on his arse doing World Cup commentary for French TV. This summer is going to be like every other.
0 #4 Alan 2014-06-13 08:20
I completely disagree. Cesc is World Class.....and was available at £26m. More importantly he wanted to join us. Where else could we have got that kind of value? Southampton are asking for £28m for Lallana for Frick sake. Cesc is proven in the Premier league and would have added something to this side immediately. He is an upgrade on Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla and in my opinion Ozil. I don't agree with the argument that we are too well stocked in that area to accommodate Fabregas....if that was Wengers's opinion then get rid of Arteta, Flamini or even Cazorla to make bloody room.
+1 #3 bob 2014-06-13 08:06
Sorry, terrible decision. And I'm what would be classified as an ANB fan. This is a catastrophe. Mourinho made this move for one reason, to totally stick it to our fans and team. Yes, he was expensive. Yes, we are crowded but oh my ***ing god, when he plays against us it's going to rip us apart. Spend the cash, get the player, total mi*** on this one. We NEED a firey Captain. He is that if nothing else, and truth be told he's at least world class. Not like he would hurt the team. Wilshire isn't. Sorry mates. Push him to the wing where he isn't half bad. Where Morhinho is ruthless, Arsene is too cerebral. C'mon man. This is nuts. I am more flabergasted, not pun intended, than letting RVP go to ManU. This. Is. ***ing. Nuts.
+3 #2 scarlet 2014-06-13 07:58
Sad as it is ( I would have loved him back) I totally agree with desdude and this article

Cesc coming back would totally upset our team, which is a much better group now than it has been for many years. Cesc was our captain, how would that work now?

They say he left Barca because he wasn't top dog there, well he wouldn't be top dog with us any more either.. He was when he left...but we have moved on

The only AWFUL painful part of this is he went to Chelsea and Jose , who I really hate especially after his insulting words about Arsene last year
+17 #1 desdude14 2014-06-13 07:35
Fully agree with this post. No matter how good cesc is, we have outgrown him. Sad to see him join a rival thou. But thats life.