All the morning news from The Emirates Stadium this Friday.
The Spaniard joined Arsenal as a teenager, but left for his beloved Barcelona in a £35 million deal back in 2011.
Fabregas, speaking to The Guardian, has intimated that his departure was good for the club - suggesting the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere would have been held back should he have stayed a Gunner.
But perhaps the most eye-catching part of the interview is when he speaks of returning to his former club.
He was linked with a return in the summer, but he suggests any return to Arsenal would not be necessarily in a playing capacity:
"Arsenal is in my heart and always will be...I don't know if I'll have the opportunity to go back and play there one day, or maybe after football. The club's like a family so even if it wasn't as a coach, I'm sure they'd give me the chance to play a role."
He jarred his ankle in the Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night and has been considered a doubt since.
He could however be rested for the game.
Meanwhile Mathieu Flamini is all set to return from his concussion. The French midfielder missed the game against Dortmund after being knocked sideways during a collision with Norwich City midfielder Alexander Tettey.
But it now appears he will have recovered for the tie against Palace.
Arsenal have lost one of their most promising youngsters. Tom Dallison, an excellent young centre back dubbed a 'wonderkid' has signed a two-year deal at Brighton and Hove Albion after a successful trial.
He will now hope to get regular first-team football.
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