Cesc Fábregas: I had to stay at Arsenal

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Long-term Barcelona target Cesc Fàbregas has admitted he only stayed at Arsenal because he was given no choice.

Barcelona did their utmost to sign the midfielder this summer, but Arsenal and boss Arsène Wenger were able to resist offers and turn Fábregas' head back towards the Emirates.

In the end, Barcelona opted to sign Javier Mascherano from Liverpool to strengthen their midfield.

In an interview with Spanish paper Público, Fábregas said: "Barcelona did all that they could to sign me but Arsenal told me I had to stay, that there was no way there were going to let me go.

"In the end, I had to stay - but the content of my conversation with Arsène Wenger will remain private. We'll see what happens in the future."

The Gunners captain added: "I have a very long year ahead of me. I will be professional and give everything. I will not think about anything else other than Arsenal.

"If I start thinking about the future that will stop me being focused and I will have a bad year."

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