Cesc Fabregas has spoken openly and honestly of his eight years at Arsenal, and of his anguish over leaving north London. Arsenal fans felt that a return to his native Catalunya would always be on the cards, but the manner of Fabregas’s departure shocked not only them but Arsene Wenger too. The Arsenal manager has spoken of his sadness of losing a player about to hit his prime , and coupled with the departure of Samir Nasri, the Emirates was rocked to the core, with it taking time to recover from a disastrous opening few games to the current Premiership season.


Everything was a little blocked in my head - Fabregas


He’s a special person and will always be. If I have a name in football, it is because of him – Fabregas on Wenger “


Wenger never wanted to lose either Nasri or Fabregas, but his former captain revealed that despite giving his best for the Gunners, he could see that both he and the team needed to take a new direction. After five months at the Camp Nou, Fabregas revealed to Sky Sports News, that he could never see himself turning out for any other team except Barcelona and Arsenal, and that he may even return to the Gunners in the future.

On his victorious return with Spain from the 2010 World Cup, Fabregas said that he was fired up for another season at Arsenal, but despite his willingness to win, he could see that after his injuries and a stop start season, things were not going how he had wanted.

I could see that nothing I was saying was working. The team was going down, there was no real passion ”


Happy in his native Spain and alongside fellow youth team graduates Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique now, the Barcelona number four has found success and silverware, but still keeps a keen eye on events at the Emirates. There were better players than me, but they didn’t make it at Barcelona accepted Fabregas. That he prevailed was in no small amount due to his inspired decision to learn with Wenger at Arsenal, an then to become the player he now is. Ignasi Miquel is highly rated by Fabregas and tipped for stardom, with fellow Catalans Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral have receiving rave reviews with Steve Bould’s youth team. If the latest Spanish players thrive as much as Fabregas did, lets hope that they hang around long enough to achieve success and ultimately silverware before – as was the case with Fabregas – that eventual and irresistible call to return home finally lures them back to Spain.