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Cesc Fabregas has conceded that with the benefit of hindsight he should have stayed with Arsenal for another two years before returning to Barcelona.

Arsenal signed Fabregas from Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy in 2003 but despite being just 16-years-old, Arsene Wenger promoted the Spaniard to the first team.

Fabregas would go on to become the leader of a youthful and exciting group of Arsenal players which led Barcelona to launch a concerted campaign to bring him back to the Nou Camp.

With Arsenal unable to turn their great football into trophies, Fabregas grew restless and finally succumbed to the advances of Barcelona in 2011.

Fabregas would eventually return to the Premier League with Chelsea and succeed where he failed with Arsenal by winning the league on two occasions.

Speaking in an interview with Rio Ferdinand’s YouTube channel FIVE, Fabregas opened up about his decision to leave the Emirates and explained that his frustrations at not winning silverware led him to force his away out.

“It was a bit of everything. I always felt that we were competing against the world. Let’s say you guys [Manchester United], Chelsea, sometimes Liverpool,” he said.

“I speak to guys at Chelsea and my Spanish friends at Liverpool and everyone tells me the same… ‘we used to hate playing against you guys’.

“And I say the same: ‘Yeah, you used to hate it, but we always lost’. Especially in important moments.

“I always felt so frustrated to see these big teams winning and always having that edge. I was very young, I was very passionate.

“I gave absolutely everything for Arsenal. I was hungry. I wanted to win. I was a competitor. I would’ve done anything to win for Arsenal. I felt this wasn’t coming.

“We had opportunities to sign big players that would make such a big difference but for one little thing or another, very small details they were looking away.

“A lot of things frustrated me and I just decided to go back to Barcelona. They were the best team in the world at that time. With all my friends there.

“I took the chance but earlier than I would’ve wanted. I just felt it was the right time.

“My brain was a little bit gone. Deep down, thinking now, I think I should’ve waited two more years.”

Fabregas is now at Ligue 1 side Monaco in France where the season has been ended early due to the coronavirus pandemic.



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