The new Blues signing spent eight years at the Emirates with Arsenal after signing for the Gunners as a sixteen year old from his boyhood club Barcelona but just 11 years on and the Spain midfielder, now 27 years of age, has signed for Chelsea for £30 million to join Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.
The Gunners were offered the opportunity to resign their former skipper who spent three years back at the Camp Nou after a much-protracted transfer saga in the summer of 2011 but the player himself revealed his former club turned down the chance to bring back their prodigal son as they had no requirement for a midfield playmaker following their £42.4 million signing of Mesut Ozil on a club record fee just last summer.
Instead Cesc Fabregas has joined Chelsea after the Catalans decided he was surplus to requirement and the man that had been held in such high esteem, a hero of the Emirates, has now had his banner taken down outside the stadium.
One would suspect this action taken by the club could only be pre-empting a backlash from fans should the former captain win with or even score for Chelsea when they face the Gunners at Stamford Bridge on October 10th. Depending on his performance in that game, the former skipper could find himself on the brunt of an unpopular return to the Emirates for the first time since he left when the Blues visit next April but, for now, regardless of his banner being taken down, Arsenal fans have nothing to begrudge Cesc Fabregas for – at least not yet.