Despite four-and-a-half years and two Premier League titles at Chelsea, a club he claims he loves too, Cesc Fabregas claims he’ll always be an Arsenal man at heart.
Between 2003 and 2011, the Spanish midfielder spent eight years with the Gunners, becoming the club captain before going back to his Barcelona boyhood club.
He returned to the Premier League at Chelsea after three years there, with many seeing his decision to join the London Gunners’ rivals as controversial.
During an Instagram Live chat for Puma Football, Fabregas talked to his former Gunners teammate, Thierry Henry, when Henry told him it was the Gunners that were most associated with him.
During his excellent career, Cesc Fabregas flourished at Arsenal as well as at Chelsea but admits that his time at Highbury and the Emirates Stadium will remain impressive. At only 16 in 2003, Fabregas transferred from Barcelona’s La Masia Academy to north London and became Arsenal’s youngest-ever first-team member months later after making his debut against Rotherham in League Cup
Under Arsene Wenger he managed to spend eight seasons at the club, making over 300 appearances and winning the 2004-05 FA Cup. A move back to Barcelona and then followed Chelsea, with both times delivering the championship trophy that he was unable to win with the Gunners, but then fellow Arsenal fan Thierry Henry told Cesc that red was his color.
“When I think of you, you are in a red jersey,” Henry told his former teammate in an Instagram post. “I know people would say you’ve won the league and been a Chelsea hero, but you’re an Arsenal guy.”
Fabregas replied: “I’m and will be part of me for the rest of my life. I could never have expected that for these two teams I would have conflicting feelings, but you go there and meet people, you win awards, you become important and you win titles. You end up with too much party love.”