He was once a firm favourite with the Arsenal fans and even though he did not give Arsene Wenger much option but to sell him to Barcelona back in 2011, the fact that Cesc Fabregas wanted to play for his boyhood club and had given us some great years, meant that he was not treated like a traitor in the way that other departing Gunners like Nasri, Cole and van Persie were.
Also, the Spaniard still spoke fondly about Arsenal, saying things like he would never play for anyone else and talking about his former mentor Arsene Wenger with great warmth. The Arsenal fans´ fondness for Fabregas was sorely tested last summer though, when he chose to sign for a Premier League rival in Chelsea, especially as their manager Jose Mourinho had a long running feud with the manager he supposedly had so much respect for.
Once again though, Arsenal fans were not too hard on our former captain, as Wenger had the option to buy him back but chose not to, mainly because we now had a number of players like Cazorla, Ramsey and Ozil in the centre of midfield.
But Fabregas may finally have lost all his privileges with the Arsenal fanbase. I was surprised and disappointed to see Cesc as one of the Chelsea players most vocal in persuading Mike Dean to send off Gabriel, and then he was at it again with his international team mate Santi Cazorla, rolling around as if he had been cut in half to make sure the ref produced a second yellow and clearly enjoying us going down to nine men.
And just to emphasise his complete lack of sympathy for his former club, Fabregas has spoken out about how unfair it is that his new bestie Diego Costa was given a retrospective ban for his thuggish behaviour, as reported by Metro.
He said, “He’s frustrated, obviously, and rightly so.
“We all know the causes why he is. Some people understand it, some people don’t. It’s very unfair what happened to him.
“Apart from that, he’s a key player for us, our striker, a player who has to score goals and finish our combinations.”
So it really is all about his new club now and all that talk of having Arsenal in his heart appears to have either changed or was never true in the first place. Adios Cesc!