Arsene Wenger stands by Cesc Fabregas snub

Wenger stands by Fabregas snub
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger stands by his decision to not re-sign Cesc Fabregas, despite the Spaniard's early-season form for Chelsea.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that he does not regret passing up the opportunity to re-sign Cesc Fabregas in the summer.

The Spaniard joined Chelsea for a reported £27m in June and has already looked a bargain by clocking eight assists in his first nine games for the Blues.

Arsenal had first refusal on their captain - who spent eight years in North London - upon his sale from Barcelona, and Wenger stands by his decision not to activate the clause.

"I don't regret not taking Cesc because we already had a lot of creative players in our midfield," the Frenchman, who signed Fabregas as a 15-year-old in 2003, told beIN Sports.

"Chelsea will also have a difficult period [in the season]. Our schedule was extremely difficult and I have the belief that we can close the gap to them."

In contrast to Fabregas's early-season form, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has endured a quiet opening to the 2014-15 season, and may not feature again this year after being ruled out for 12 weeks with a knee injury.

Reports earlier today have linked Ozil - a club record £42.5m signing from Real Madrid last year - with a January move to Bayern Munich.

Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil (R) runs with the ball chased by Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez (L) during the English Premier League football match on August 31, 2014
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