Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas looks back on his time at Arsenal
Cesc Fabregas says that he always saw Chelsea as a 'team that has to win trophies'
Cesc Fabregas has explained that part of the reason behind his decision to join Chelsea is that he sees the west London club as a team who “has to win trophies”.
The former Arsenal captain joined the Blues from Barcelona last summer after being deemed surplus to requirements at Camp Nou.
He has hit the ground running on his return to the Premier League, notching up 15 assists in the top flight to help Jose Mourinho’s men top the table.
In terms of winning titles, of course I felt that at Arsenal we could have won more
And the 27-year-old midfielder, who spent eight years at Arsenal before moving back to his boyhood club in 2011, says that Chelsea always seemed to get the better of the Gunners during their past encounters.
“At Arsenal, we were most of the games [against Chelsea] the better team, but we were always losing,” Fabregas told the Telegraph. “I always said the same thing. Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal. Then one long ball or one free-kick, Drogba goal. It was always the same.
“That tells you that it’s not always about the quality and the talent, it’s also about how much you want it, how much you know how to play your game. Their game was stay compact, compact, compact, compact, take your chances. They did it very well and they had good players, so you have to respect that.”
The Spain international insisted that he did feel that Arsene Wenger’s side were close to winning silverware on a number of occasions.
“In terms of winning titles, of course I felt that at Arsenal we could have won more than we did because we arrived to finals and semi-finals, and most of the time we were nearly there.
“Of course, there is something in your heart that regrets not having won. You need that drive. I always felt it at Chelsea from the outside. You need trophies. You see Chelsea as a team who has to win trophies. It’s the same as Barcelona.”
Fabregas has scored two goals in the Premier League this season and has netted two times in the Champions League.