Ian Wright: If you bring Flamini back to Arsenal, you have to bring Cesc Fabregas back

Ian Wright believes Arsenal should have re-signed Cesc Fabregas.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright says Arsenal should have exercised their option to re-sign Cesc Fabregas over the summer.

Wright was speaking to BBC Radio 5Live's 606 programme, and has argued that Arsene Wenger's decision to bring back Mathieu Flamini set a precedent he should have followed.

Fabregas yesterday featured for Chelsea during the club's 0-0 draw at The Emirates, his first return to the stadium since joining the Blues last summer from Barcelona.

He said: "He's a great player, Arsenal need great players. We did bring back Flamini, so if you bring back Flaini with all due respect, and Cesc is available then you've got to take him.

"For me yes when we're going through a spell when we're doing well, people say we don't need him, but he's a great player."

Flamini was an unused substitute for Arsenal against Chelsea, but has made 22 league appearances this season.

Arsenal's decision to opt against re-signing Cesc Fabregas was the big talking point of the summer transfer window a year ago, and it has played a pivotal role in this year's title race.

Cesc has 16 assists in total for Chelsea this season in the Premier League, and his new side have opened up a 10 point lead at the top of the table with five games remaining.

Arsene Wenger was quoted in The Mail over the weekend claiming bringing back Fabregas would have led to 'congestion' in his midfield.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch