In his brilliant career, Cesc Fabregas starred at both Arsenal and Chelsea. But the football icon acknowledges that his spell at Highbury and at the Emirates Stadium will still stick out as more remarkable.
Thierry Henry, a fellow Arsenal supporter when Fabregas played for them, told Cesc that red was his colour.
“When I think about you, you’re in a red jersey,” Henry said in anto his former teammate. “I know people would say you’ve earned the league and been a Chelsea legend, but you’re an Arsenal man.”
Fabregas replied in kind: “For the remainder of my life, I am and it would be part of me. I could never have imagined I’d have conflicting emotions for these two teams, but you go there and encounter people, you win trophies, you become important and you win titles. You end up having so much love for the club.”
Fabregas transferred from Barcelona’s La Masia Academy to north London at only 16 in 2003, and became Arsenal’s youngest-ever first-team member months later after making his debut against Rotherham in the League Cup.
He managed to spend eight seasons at the club under Arsene Wenger, making over 300 appearances and winning the 2004-05 FA Cup.
A transfer back to Barcelona and later Chelsea followed, with both periods bringing the championship trophy he was unable to achieve with the Gunners. However, he remains faithful to the Arsenal jersey at heart.