Arsene Wenger says he made an example of Cesc Fabregas because he didn't want to set a bad precedent at Arsenal.
Fabregas spent eight years at Arsenal before forcing through a move to Barcelona in 2011.
When his time came to an end in Spain, Fabregas wanted to return to the Premier League and contacted Arsenal about taking him back.
But Wenger ignored the midfielder's request, and Fabregas eventually signed for Chelsea.
Explaining why he refused to re-sign Fabregas for the Gunners, Wenger told The Ornstein & Chapman Podcast: "It was a general guidance from me to have that, to make the players [realises] 'Look if you go out here, you don't come back'.
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"It was a way to retain the players who wanted to sometimes see if the grass was greener somewhere else. I did it for Thierry Henry, Sol Campbell, Jens Lehmann, but that was different. With the young players who left, I didn't like to do it [take them back].
Fabregas opened up on his failed return to Arsenal back in March.
Speaking on the Arsecast podcast, Fabregas said: "My agent Darren [Dein] spoke to Arsene. He didn't give him an answer to be honest, then we had to wait one full week to see if Arsenal responded.
"Definitely this was my first option, in my mind I'm telling everyone I'm going to Arsenal, this is what I want. Not Arsene, [Ivan] Gazidis or anyone said anything for a week.
"I didn't want to be a beggar. We told them once, they know the situation, if in one week they hadn't said anything… straightaway I knew that probably they didn't want me back.
"They could have said after three hours they didn't want me back so I could have spoken to other teams. They waited the whole week without giving me a response and still since then, no response ever."
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