Cesc Fabregas sends incredible message to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

The Chelsea FC star pays tribute to his former manager Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman announces he will stand down at the end of the season

Cesc Fabregas has paid credit to Arsene Wenger for his impact on the midfielder’s career after the Arsenal manager announced that he will stand down at the end of the season.

Wenger signed Fabregas from FC Barcelona in 2004 after the French head coach managed to lure the playmaker away from the Catalan side’s prestigious La Masia academy where he was team-mates with Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique.

The Spain international won the FA Cup in 2004-05 and finished as a Champions League runner-up in 2005-06 before Wenger made Fabregas his captain following the departures of Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry.

Fabregas scored 57 goals in 303 games in all competitions and won the European Championship as well as the World Cup with Spain before he sealed a return to FC Barcelona in a £27m deal in the 2011 summer transfer window.

The 30-year-old spent three seasons at Camp Nou before he returned to the Premier League with Arsenal’s bitter rivals Chelsea FC in 2014.

Fabregas took to Instagram to post the below dedication to Wenger after the Arsenal manager announced his intention to stand down at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Fabregas wrote on the photo-sharing app: “Wow. I never expected that but it shows the great dignity and class of the man.

“I will never forget his guidance and support, his tutelage and mentorship. He had faith in me from day one and I owe him a lot, he was like a father figure to me who always pushed me to be the best. Arsene, you deserve all the respect and happiness in the world. #classact 🙏🏻”

Photo: The Sport Review

Fabregas and Chelsea FC lost 2-1 to Wenger’s Arsenal team in the FA Cup final at Wembley last season.

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