Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed that he was somewhat pleased that his Chelsea side did not leave the Emirates with all three points, and was grateful to receive the reception he did from our fans when he was substituted late on in the clash.
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The Spaniard was jeered for much of the game – not least after being booked for diving early on in the first half – and it looked as if his removal from the field, as the Blues brought on Kurt Zouma for the final minutes, may yield the same reaction from the crowd. However, they were soon drowned out by the rest of our supporters, who applauded our former midfielder.
According to the Daily Express, the 27-year-old was thankful to the fans, and revealed that his love for the club will never disappear, despite the acrimonious nature of his departure and subsequent arrival at Chelsea.
“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,” he said.
The draw suited Jose Mourinho’s men more than it did us. The Premier League leaders remain ten points ahead of us with only five games to go. Reflecting on the result, Fabregas admitted that he was pleased that neither side lost.
“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,” he added.