The Spanish international joined the Gunners as a youth player and rose to prominence at the heart of Arsene Wenger’s midfield before re-joining boyhood club Barcelona in 2011.
Despite winning just a single FA Cup during his time at the Emirates, Fabregas became a highly popular figure among supporters and his performances during the 2009-10 campaign were truly stunning.
However, the North London faithful struggled to contain their disappointment when news broke of his return to the Premier League with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.
The Blues have clearly profited from his inclusion this term, and he heads to the Emirates on Sunday as a Premier League champion in waiting.
Gunners legend Henry, nevertheless, still sees him as a Red and comments in his blog for The Sun that deep down the midfielder’s heart will always be with the North Londoners.
“Cesc Fabregas will be wearing the blue shirt of Chelsea today but in my eyes, he will always be a red,” the former striker stated. “I will always see him as an Arsenal player. He will always have that vibe.”
Playing for the Stamford Bridge outfit under outspoken boss Jose Mourinho is considered a sin by many supporters in North London, and Fabregas may end up getting a frosty reception.
Henry, however, believes his former teammate deserves respect for being a good servant for the club and is hopeful supporters join him in clapping the 27-year-old on his return.
“I am hearing he will not get a great reception from the Arsenal fans but I will be one of those clapping him. Cesc was a good servant of Arsenal and a good team-mate of mine,” he added.
Fabregas has started 28 Premier League matches for Mourinho’s side this season, scoring three goals and racking up an impressive league high 16 assists.