‘I will always be an Arsenal man in my heart’: Cesc Fabregas declares love for the Gunners – despite Premier League success at London rivals Chelsea
- Cesc Fabregas began professional career at Arsenal and spent eight years there
- He returned to Premier League with Chelsea in 2014 and would win two titles
- However the Spaniard has insisted his heart now remains with the Gunners
Cesc Fabregas has declared his lasting love for Arsenal after eight years and 303 appearances in north London – despite winning two Premier League titles with London rivals Chelsea later in his career.
The Spaniard became club captain at the Emirates before departing for boyhood team Barcelona in 2011, then returning to the Premier League with Chelsea three years later.
In a conversation with former Gunners team-mate Thierry Henry on a Puma Instagram Live, Fabregas outlined why the Gunners retained a place in his heart.
Cesc Fabregas (L), with Thierry Henry (R), explained why Arsenal retained a place in his heart
‘When I think about you, you are in a red shirt,’ Henry said.
‘I know people will say you won the league and became a legend at Chelsea, but you are an Arsenal man.’
Fabregas replied: ‘I am and it will be part of me for the rest of my life.
‘I would never have thought I would have mixed feelings between these two teams.
‘But you go there and you meet people, you win titles, become important and win titles. You end up having so much love for the club.
‘But you are right. You don’t forget where you come from and I came from Barcelona academy and I will never forget that, but to make it on the biggest level was at Arsenal and I don’t forget that.
‘I was so lucky to come in at that moment, to see you, Ashley (Cole), Robert (Pires), Patrick (Vieira), Sol (Campbell).
‘The management at the club gave me so much leadership and everything I needed to be a top player.’
In 2014 Fabregas returned to England with Chelsea and would win two Premier League titles
Fabregas added: ‘I will never deny that I will always be an Arsenal man in my heart.
‘Football has so many turnarounds but I will never forget the connection with the fans and I had so much love at Arsenal and Chelsea.
‘No can ever hear me say anything bad about Arsenal, even when I went to Chelsea and won there, and then won the league.’
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