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No regrets over Fabregas joining Chelsea, insists Wenger

The Gunners manager is still sad that he was unable to prevent the midfielder from leaving north London in 2011 but does not begrudge him for his move to Stamford Bridge

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is adamant that there are no hard feelings over former captain Cesc Fabregas's move to Chelsea this summer.

The one-time Gunners hero departed north London to rejoin boyhood team Barcelona in 2011 but struggled to nail down a first-team place before being sold to the Blues in July.

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Fabregas played his first competitive match for Jose Mourinho's side on Monday, setting up two goals in a 3-1 Premier League victory over Burnley, but the Frenchman insists he does not regret missing out on his old player.

"I have no regrets that Fabregas [joined Chelsea]," Wenger told reporters.

"My only regret is that he left us in the first place."

Arsenal has a well-stocked midfield even without Fabregas, with few players in the top flight drawing as much praise as Aaron Ramsey over the past 12 months, and Wenger is excited about the Welshman's progress.

"Aaron Ramsey has a different style to Fabregas but he has huge potential," the Gunners boss enthused of the 23-year-old, who was sent off against Besiktas on Tuesday.