Will Arsenal fans still respect Fabregas if he signs for rivals Chelsea?

Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is seemingly on the verge of a move to Chelsea – how will it affect his reputation with the Gunners?

Fabregas made himself a hero during his eight seasons with the Gunners, making over 300 appearances, racking 57 goals and 98 assists in the process before returning to boyhood club Barcelona for £40m in 2011. Gunners fans were understandably disappointed to see their star midfielder leave, but they were given hope of an emotional return when it was revealed that the 27-year-old will be sold by Barcelona this summer.

Yet after it was announced that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger isn't interested in bringing Fabregas back to the Emirates Stadium despite having a first refusal deal in place with the Catalan giants, it seems almost inevitable that the midfielder will be signing for one of Arsenal's biggest rivals - Chelsea.

It's familiar territory for Arsenal fans. They've become used to seeing their heroes move on to play for their rivals. After all, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Adebayor moved on to Manchester City whilst Robin van Persie completed his controversial switch to Manchester United in 2012.

There's one common theme amongst them - they've all become figures of hatred amongst Arsenal fans ever since they left the club. All are criticised for leaving the club in search of more money, whilst striker Adebayor made matters worse with a bizarre celebration against the club in 2009.

Fabregas could now be subjected to the same levels of abuse from Arsenal fans should he join forces with Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge - a known enemy to Arsenal fans, as well as manager Arsene Wenger. His situation may be helped by the fact that Arsenal have made it known that they aren't interested in signing him and that he's not moving directly between the two clubs, but it will now be difficult for Gunners fans to respect the Spaniard for his superb service to the club if he does join the Blues this summer - particularly after this tweet in 2011.

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