Published On: Sun, Jun 2nd, 2013

Ten players Chelsea should never have sold

It’s easy to judge when a club should or should not have sold a player, but hindsight can be a wonderful thing.

Some players – whether goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders or strikers alike – come into their own and discover their potential through a different set-up.

That’s when managers feel the wrath of frustrated supporters who believe such stars should never leave sides that have ambitions as high as winning the likes of the English Premier League, the FA Cup or the Champions League.

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, who haven’t won a trophy in over eight years, have a reputation for allowing stars to leave the Emirates who then go on to achieve success – the tally stands at 23 former players that have won 56 major trophies since the Gunners last added silverware to their cabinet.

They include Cesc Fabregas who left for Barcelona in 2011 and won five trophies including the La Liga title, Samir Nasri who left for Manchester City in the same year and won two trophies, and Robin Van Persie who left for Manchester United in 2012 and immediately won the Premier League title.

By contrast, their London neighbours Chelsea seem to be more shrewd in their business to win major honours but can regret seeing the back of the occasional player who goes on to reveal further potential away from Stamford Bridge.

At a club dominated by huge signings thanks to Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich’s financial backing, it can prove difficult for some players – and in particular, youngsters – to emerge from the shadows of the big names.

In a week that saw Bayern Munich become the new holders of the Champions League in place of The Blues thanks to a winning goal and talisman performance from a former Chelsea star, Touchline Talk will take a look at ten players that The Pensioners should never have sold and begin with that very individual.

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