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5 players Arsenal should not have sold

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52.56K   //    26 Apr 2018, 05:55 IST

Arsenal v West Ham United - Premier League
Wenger has been the key decider behind Arsenal's transfers

Arsene Wenger's time at Arsenal is coming to an end after 22 long years. The Frenchman was hailed as a hero after his side clinched the trophy undefeated in the 2003/04 season. He has also led the club to multiple FA Cup trophies and, seen players come and go out of the club.

Wenger can be credited to grooming some of the world's best footballers such as Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas. They were highly valued in the market and gained praised from everyone.

When some of these players were performing to their fullest ability, they chose to leave Arsenal. Wenger has been pretty unwilling to spend too much on players' wages. That could be a reason why many players, who demand higher wages, have gone on to join others.

Looking back, it could have been a mistake on Arsenal's part for letting them leave the club. Here are five players that the Gunners should not have sold.


#5 Cesc Fabregas

Chelsea v Crystal Palace - Premier League
Fabregas is now a key player in Chelsea

The Barcelona academy product left for Arsenal in 2003. A year later, Fabregas was part of the Invincibles who won the Premier League trophy and remained undefeated throughout the whole season.

After eight long years with the club, the Spaniard made 212 Premier League appearances and scored 35 times. A huge dramatic transfer saga in August 2011 saw Fabregas return to Barcelona. It left many Arsenals fans unhappy. Things became worse when the Spaniard returned to London, but to play for Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Arsenal sorely missed the midfielder's skills and technique with the ball. Wenger groomed him to become one of the best players in his position and the team was generally built around him.

Now at 30 years of age, Fabregas continues to play for Chelsea. If Arsenal had not sold their captain and creative midfielder, the team dynamics might have been different and Wenger could probably have gone on to win more trophies. The Spanish international remains open to a return to Arsenal in a coaching capacity, but he is one of the players that should not have been sold.

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