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
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
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.