The 27 year old was linked with a return to North London in the summer, but manager Arsene Wenger reportedly rejected that possibility. Chelsea appeared to be the only club willing to offer him a home. He eventually signed for the Blues in a £27 million deal.
The Spanish international admitted that he was surprised that he is playing for Chelsea and said that it will be special when he returns to the Emirates.
Speaking to Spanish newspaper El Pais, he said:
Don’t think I didn’t think about it [when I decided to join Chelsea].
I will keep the Gunner feeling forever and I know that I will return to Highbury [Emirates Staidum] and [it] will be a special moment. But I’m a committed guy.
I remind you that I played the Champions League final against Barcelona [with Arsenal] and I swear I would have done anything to win that game. And I’m Barcelona fan since I was a kid.
So I know that when I play against Arsenal I will know who is my [current] team, who are my colleagues and who I defend. And I know that the Arsenal fans will understand me, I have no doubt.
When the news first broke out that Cesc Fabregas would be leaving Barcelona after a three-year stint, it was highly anticipated that he would return to the Emirates. However news later broke out that we reportedly rejected the chance to bring back our former captain and then resultantly see him wearing the blue jersey, which was heart breaking to some extent.
The difficulty for me is that I have always adored him and will always continue to do. While I will not be necessarily supporting him by any stretch of the imagination, those fond memories of seeing him in an Arsenal shirt won’t go. He will always have Arsenal running through his veins. In a way, that eases the blow a little bit that he’s at Stamford Bridge.
I personally would have wanted him at the Emirates, but yet I’m not angry that we rejected the chance to sign him as he is not the kind of player we needed. I’ll hate seeing him at Chelsea, but I don’t hate him and I’m not angry with Wenger or the board, as I firmly believe the right decision was made. These comments have somewhat brought a smile back on my face and certainly proves that he is still a Gunner.
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