Arsenal boss has his say on Frank Lampard's Manchester City move

Arsene Wenger In Emirates Press Conference

The former Chelsea player and club legend scored against The Blues for loan club Manchester City last weekend.

Last weekend Frank Lampard completed one of the more memorable stories in Premier League history. The Chelsea legend and record top-scorer came on for Manchester City against his former team at The Etihad last weekend. With the score at 2-1 to his former team Lampard notched a typical goal to save a point for the Premier League champions.

Lampard clearly has no idea what to do in this situation, standing perplexed in front of his new adoring fans and refusing to celebrate. It was an odd image and one which left a bee in the throat of many a Chelsea fan.

Lampard left Chelsea on a free transfer at the end of last season and joined New York City FC on a free transfer this summer. His move to MLS was long expected but with New York not in MLS action until March he needed a destination to play regular football until then. Manchester City, as part owners of NYCFC, was the obvious destination.

Jose Mourinho said his goal signalled the 'end of fairy-tales' in Premier League football and now Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has had his say.

The Gunners' boss told his morning press conference:

"You always have two judgements, one is moral and one is legal and it just depends what you consider.

"I think it is legal? You have to respect it after that and the player has to deal with his decisions. I respect the fact he wants to play at the top level and he maybe didn't have that opportunity anymore at Chelsea. I don’t really know is behind all that.

"Was it always his plan to go to New York and go to Man City? I am not sure. I genuinely think he wanted to go abroad and to New York and suddenly was offered this solution to come back to the Premier League and he took it. He could explain that much better than I do, I don’t know what is behind that."

And most Chelsea fans are not too aggrieved with the Lampard goal. After the game they continued to sing his name at The Etihad and he remains a club legend. Most understand that he needed to play top-class football while his new MLS club got themselves together for a debut assault on North America's most prestigious soccer crown.

Wenger then probably echoes the sentiment of most on the Lampard issue.

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