Cesc Fabregas feels he is playing the best football of his career, but there may be a tinge of regret from the Emirates Stadium that they're missing out.
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said he is playing the best football of his career at the club, after signing for around £30 million from Barcelona in the summer.
The Spaniard told the Chelsea website that playing in the middle of the park alongside Nemanja Matic is the role that suits him best.
He said: "I touch the ball all the time and I feel happy and I go and get the ball from here and from there. I can go forward and Oscar drops deep and I feel free and confident and I am in control, and that is what I like the most in football.
"Sometimes in the last three or four years with the national team and Barcelona I was playing like nearly no.9 and I have to do it for the team and I enjoy and it is all good, but here where I am playing is where I enjoy it the most.
"Right now I feel I am playing some of the best football of my career. If I chose this challenge it is because I felt it could be this way but I didn’t come here just to play well, I came here to win trophies."
One must wonder what Arsene Wenger is thinking right now given he is the man that nurtured Fabregas during his earlier years, and perhaps could have lured him back to the Emirates Stadium after it became clear he is surplus to requirements at Barcelona.
But there seems to be a lot of praise for the system that Jose Mourinho has implemented within the Chelsea side from Fabregas that allows such a world class talent to flourish, pull the strings and allow him to chip in when it comes to scoring goals. He's certainly the player that fits into the unit.
It's probably a bitter pill for Arsenal to swallow that they are the side who has nurtured this talent, only for one of their biggest rivals to be one of the main beneficiaries, especially with the side enduring a bumpy start to the season.
He has shown to be something of a leader on the field, comfortable with responsibility, and at times has shown he can be a combative player - even if he does have Nemanja Matic to help him out in that department.
Fans of Arsenal will probably now categorise Fabregas as one of the players who got away before they saw the best of him.