Cesc Fabregas has confirmed he held talks with Arsene Wenger about a return to the Emirates only to be told that Mesut Ozil had taken his place.
The Spanish international completed a move to Chelsea *spit* on Thursday after Barcelona made it clear he was surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou.
As has been well documented the Gunners, despite having a first option on the Spanish international, opted not to indulge in a reunion with a player who made his debut for the club over 10 years ago.
“We talked with Wenger,” Fabregas told the BBC, “but he said he’d find it hard to make a place for me on the pitch as Mesut Ozil had my position covered.”
Arsenal fans can only hope the decision doesn’t come back to bite the manager in the arse. Knowing our luck Mesut Ozil will be eaten by Amazonian piranhas at the World Cup.
In other news, Joel Campbell will join up with the Arsenal first team for pre-season.
Talking to The Times (paywalled) in the aftermath of the Costa Rican international’s man of the match performance against Uruguay, Arsene Wenger confirmed the 21-year-old will train with the first team when he’s done in Brazil.
“He will definitely come back to us for pre-season,” the boss said. “He is maturing well.”
Quizzed about his future yesterday, Campbell corroborated that his short-term future is in London. “Of course I have to go back because I have a contract with Arsenal but the most important thing just now is my country and the World Cup.”