Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has played down the Arsenal fans jeering him at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The Spain international featured against his former club for the first time since leaving them in the summer of 2011.
Fabregas was on the books of the Gunners from 2003 until 2011, when left the North London outfit to return to Barcelona.
The 27-year-old came back to the Premier League in the summer transfer window but joined Chelsea.
Fabregas’s decision to move to Arsenal’s London rivals has not gone down well with the Gunners fans, but the Spaniard insists that he feels no animosity towards them.
‘No, I have huge respect for Arsenal’, he told Sky Sports when asked if winning against his former club amid a hostile reception meant that victory was sweeter. ‘They gave everything since I was little. Without them I wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t have won what I have won. I have huge respect.
‘I take the fans’ (reception) in a positive way. I know that they love me. It’s all because we were together one day and sometimes due to circumstances these things can happen. But I have always said that I am not scared and they will always be in my heart’.
Fabregas was in fine form on Sunday, providing the assist for Diego Costa’s second goal in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Arsenal in the Premier League.