New Chelsea signing Cesc Fabregas left Arsenal to go back to his boyhood club Barcelona in 2011. Part of it was clearly motivated by a desire to return to the place he grew up, but there was almost certainly a desire to compete for trophies once more. The Gunners had failed to win any silverware in the six years before Fabregas left, suffering another three years before breaking that run this summer with the FA Cup.
His time at Arsenal started well, winning the FA Cup in his first full season at the club and going on to contest four more finals over the next three years. But the Spaniard, now captain of the club, only made one more final appearance in his final four years at the club, a barren spell that played a part in several big name players leaving.
By the time he left North London, he was already European and World Champion with Spain, and his failure to replicate his international form domestically undoubtedly played a part in his willingness to move.
In his first few appearances at Barcelona, Fabregas trumped the one Cup win of his career so far, winning the Spanish and Uefa Super Cup. The World Club Championship, and Copa Del Rey came later that season, giving him FOUR trophies in his first season back in Catalonia, while a La Liga triumph the next year proved to be the biggest title he would win in Spain. Barcelona disappointed this last season, but still came away with the Spanish Super Cup once more to leave Fabregas with SIX trophies in three seasons.
In the same period the Spanish midfielder was at Barcelona, Chelsea won the Champions League, FA Cup, and Europa League, and Fabregas will be sure to be keen to add both the Champions League trophy, and the elusive Premier League title to his growing list of honours.