Arsene Wenger has reflected again on the loss of Cesc Fabregas following the Spaniard’s return to Barcelona and hinted that the midfielder could one day return to North London in a playing capacity.
Grateful for the 24-year-old’s contribution to life at Highbury and the Emirates, the Frenchman told Arsenal Player:
“We are thankful for the joy he has brought to us over eight years.
“It was a pleasure for the club to work with him. Maybe it will happen again, he left at a very young age.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t want to do it. I repeat that it was not a question of money because if he had wanted to stay, no matter what the price, we would have said ‘no’.
“It happened because we gave in to his desire his home club. It was difficult for him to resist as well.”
Fabregas isn’t the only player to leave the club on a permanent basis this week. Emmanuel Eboue’s switch to Turkish side Galatasaray ended his six year rollercoaster spell with the Gunners. Something of a harlequin in the Emirates dressing-room, a target for frustrated fans on the pitch and cult hero off it, the Ivorian’s antics never failed to spark a reaction.
Wishing his former charge all the best on his Bosphorus adventure, Wenger continued:
“He was a player and a character. He remains a player and a character. He’s a lively boy with a very positive, extrovert attitude and of course we wish him well. Hopefully it will all go well for him.”
In a week which could still see Samir Nasri follow in Gael Clichy’s footsteps to Manchester City, and with several underperforming players sent out on loan, Wenger did make clear that the club would always big bigger than any individual. In a rallying call to both supporters and players he concluded:
“Of course [we move on]. This club is 125 years old and life goes on. We want the club to go on at the top level and we want to be faithful to its strength and that is to be brave, to fight and to give absolutely everything in every game. That is what we want to achieve.”