Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas comments on his Arsenal feelings

The Spain international midfielder is still fond of Arsenal, but is fully committed to Chelsea this season.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas will have made no friends at the Emirates Stadium when he joined the Blues from Barcelona this summer, but the ex-Arsenal man insists that he will always "feel like a Gunner".

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger turned down the chance to sign the 27-year-old prior to the World Cup, opening the door for him to join Jose Mourinho's side.

Fabregas admits that despite the fondness he still has for the North London club, he will be fully committed when he visits the Emirates with Chelsea this season.

"I will always feel a Gunner and I know that I am going to return to [the Emirates Stadium] and I feel that it will be a special moment but I am committed," he told Spanish newspaper El Pais.

"Remember that I played a Champions League final against Barcelona! I swear to you that I would have done anything to win that game even though I’d been Barcelona since I was a kid!

"So you know that when I play against Arsenal I will know who I am playing with, who my teammates are and who I will defend and I know that the Arsenal fans will understand; I have no doubt."

Fabregas could be in for a rude awakening when he makes the trip to North London. There was very little ill feeling towards the Spaniard when he left the Gunners to return home to Barcelona in 2011, but seeing him join a Premier League rival may have left a sour taste in the mouths of certain Arsenal fans.

Fabregas himself admits that he had never envisaged playing under Mourinho at Chelsea, but insists that it was an easy move to make when he realised how much the Portuguese manager valued him.

"Well I would not have believed it [playing for Chelsea]," he said. "But life can take some strange turns.

"I began to have the idea [about leaving Barcelona] after the Copa del Rey final. That is when I began to think that it was over, that there was a change coming and that there was no sense in continuing.

"I spoke with my agent and told him to look for a team for me. The offer arrived from Chelsea, and for me it was about returning to London, the place where I grew up.

"There was no better destination. I spoke with Mourinho and he told me things I needed to hear, I felt valued, I felt I was going to be an important piece of something important."

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