By , May 1, 2014 4:08 pm

The manager of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, has said that he didn’t want Cesc Fabregas to make his way to Barcelona 3 years back, but, he had no choice apart from letting him go because he was so keen to play for his boyhood club.

Fabregas had learnt all his football at Barcelona and had even played for their youth team before moving to Arsenal in 2003. He remained at Arsenal for 8 years and developed enormously as a player under the guidance of Wenger.

But, after becoming a superstar, he left Arsenal and returned to Barcelona. The Arsenal fans were absolutely gutted about that back then and so was the Arsenal management.

Talking about Fabregas’ transfer yesterday, Wenger said, “I badly wanted him to stay with us and I had a few animated discussions with him as well on that topic, but, I finally gave up. He was so eager to get back to his roots. He wanted to represent Barcelona and you know there was a bit of logic in that decision of his. That’s the place where he comes from, his family is there; his grandpa is associated with the club. So, it was pretty natural for him to be keen to return.”

When asked at which position Fabregas can be utilized the most, Wenger said, “I think he performs the best when he plays in the midfield. He plays upfront occasionally for his national side, but, I don’t think that’s the position where you can extract the best out of him. He is not one of those guys who rely on his physical presence that much.”

Fabregas played more than 200 league games for Arsenal during his 8-year long tenure and found the back of the net 35 times.

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