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Monaco midfielder Cesc admits big Arsenal regrets

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AS Monaco midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits he regrets leaving Arsenal.

The Spaniard spent eight years with The Gunners after arriving as a 16-year-old in 2003 from boyhood club Barcelona, eventually making 304 appearances for the club, also appointed captain in 2008.

The midfielder left Arsenal and rejoined Barcelona in 2011, however, before eventually winning two Premier League titles with London rivals Chelsea.

Asked why he left Arsenal, Fabregas told Rio Ferdinand's YouTube channel FIVE: "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.

"I speak to guys at Chelsea and my Spanish friends at Liverpool and everyone tells me the sameā€¦ '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."




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