Chelsea have signed Barcelona central midfielder Cesc Fabregas. The former Arsenal captain has signed on a five-year-deal and leaves the Arsenal faithful flabbergasted at how he could join a Premier League and London rival - just two years after departing The Emirates.
The former Arsenal captain was given the fans blessing when he left for his boyhood club. It was a move most could understand and he was generally wished well - on this occasion that is certainly not the case.
In a statement to the official Barcelona website he confirmed Arsenal could have had him - but simply declined the chance to bring him back to North London:
"I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League and now is the right time for my return. Yes, everyone knows that Arsenal had the first option to sign me. They decided not to take this option and therefore it wasn't meant to be. I wish them well in the future. I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice."
The 'unfinished business' he refers to probably alludes to winning the Premier League title - something he never managed in his eight years with The Gunners.
But for the club's fans it is simply not good enough. To join a team with which a fierce rivalry has developed in recent years; a team that is likely to challenge Arsenal at the top end of the Premier League table, is simply not on in the estimations of the Arsenal faithful.
However others have also made it clear that Arsenal had the chance to re-sign the player - and they turned him down. So perhaps calling him a traitor is a little bit harsh.
Clearly it has been a mixed reaction from fans.
Here is a selection, of the clean Tweets from Arsenal fans...
So Fabregas has gone to the Scum! So what? I never rated him when he played for Arsenal! We have Ozil and Rambo! The future is bright :-)— FabianskiFan4Ever♥ (@Anita_xLF21x) June 12, 2014
Respected Fabregas when he left, he's scum now, an absolute scumbag— Azz (@A_Regan_) June 12, 2014
Fabregas suits chelsea. Scum bag. Club jumper. No loyalty. He will prove to be worthless like Torres did.— Phil James - LFC (@LORDLIVERP00L) June 12, 2014
Arsenal rejected Fabregas so he thought he'd go to our rivals. Scum @cesc4official— Aqeel (@OfficialAqeel) June 12, 2014
I don't care if we rejected Fabregas, to join Chelsea, you will always be scum to me. All the great memories erased! pic.twitter.com/uxgNpHEw6b— #DareToArsenal (@OlivierKGooner) June 12, 2014
Fabregas isn't a traitor for me. Arsenal could've signed him and rejected. Barça doesn't want him. Where should he play, at Norwich City?— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats) June 12, 2014
You must have a brain injury if you're calling fabregas a traitor. I bet he wouldve picked arsenal over chelsea any day had they bid for him— Daniyal Shaikh (@daniyalshakeLFC) June 12, 2014
How is Fabregas a traitor? Arsenal did not want to sign him. He would of joined. Get it right. #Fabregas— Adnan Shahid (@AdnanCHICHARITO) June 12, 2014
Fabregas was offered to Arsenal before any other team. Why is he a traitor?— HomelessAtHome (@Koshyar_) June 12, 2014
#Fabregas a traitor? He didn't want to leave Barcelona and Arsenal rejected chance to sign him. What was he supposed to do? Retire at 27?— Matthew Glazier (@matthew_glazier) June 12, 2014
"Fabregas is not a traitor like RVP"..blah blah blah. guess who outshined RvP? Arsenal is a tragic club with dead fans. God Forbid!— Lumnat Kurfi (@Ms_Lumcy) June 12, 2014