Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas lifts lid on emotions after Arsenal return

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas reveals his thoughts on his return to Arsenal

Cesc Fabregas says he will be forever grateful to Arsenal after the midfielder made his return to The Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

The Spain international was unable to inspire the Premier League leaders to victory over Arsene Wenger’s men as the west London side settled for a goalless draw with their rivals.

Fabregas quit Arsenal after eight years at the club to return to his boyhood club Barcelona in a £35m deal in 2011 before the playmaker moved to Chelsea in a £27m transfer last summer.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the midfielder received a mixed reception from the home supporters at The Emirates, Fabregas spoke of his appreciation for his former employers.

Fabregas said: “I won’t deny that it was special day for me. Last night I thought about many moments and I’m glad it ended this way.

“To be substituted at the end and feel the love of the Arsenal fans meant a lot to me. I’m grateful for the life they gave me. Some people will be disappointed in me for the reasons why I left but I am grateful forever.”

Fabregas had a first-half penalty claim waved away after Santi Cazorla tangled with his compatriot in David Ospina’s area.

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The 28-year-old midfielder has scored three goals and has made 16 assists in 30 Premier League appearances this season.

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