Cesc Fabregas tells Arsenal fans: I’ll always be a Gunner

Cesc Fàbregas tells Arsenal fans that he still "feels like a Gunner" despite his transfer to Chelsea this summer

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta

Cesc Fabregas has lifted the lid on how his transfer to Chelsea unfolded and insists that he will always feel a special connection to Arsenal.

The 27-year-old signed a five-year deal with the Blues in June after the midfielder was deemed surplus to requirements at Barcelona.

The former Arsenal captain was linked with a return to Emirates Stadium but manager Arsene Wenger opted not to bring the Spain international back to the the club he left in 2011.

Don’t think that I didn’t think things through. I will always feel a Gunner

Cesc Fabregas

And in an in-depth interview with El Pais, Fabregas explained how he carefully weighed up his options before opting to join Jose Mourinho’s side.

“Don’t think that I didn’t think things through [about the Arsenal connection],” said Fabregas, who is due to face Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on 5 October.

“I will always feel a Gunner and I know that I am going to return to [Emirates Stadium] and I feel that it will be a special moment – but I am committed.

“Remember that I played a Champions League final against Barcelona! I swear to you that I would have done anything to win that game [even though] I’d been [at] Barcelona since I was a kid!

“So you know that when I play against Arsenal I will know who I am playing with, who my team-mates are and who I will defend and I know that the Arsenal fans will understand; I have no doubt.”

The playmaker went on to admit that his move to Arsenal’s London rivals did come as a surprise.

He continued: “[If you’d told me five years ago that I would play for Chelsea and Mourinho] I would not have believed you, but life changes.

“I started to think about [leaving Barca] after the Copa del Rey final. It was when I started to think that it had finished, that there was a change or that I didn’t want to continue.”

He added: “I spoke with my agent and told him to find me a team. Chelsea’s offer arrived and for me it was about returning to London, the place where I did best. There was no better exit.

“I spoke with Mourinho and he told me things that I needed to hear, I felt valued, felt that I was going to be part of something important.”

Fabregas has hit the ground running since his return to the Premier League, notching up four assists in three games.

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