Cesc Fabregas slips back into Arsenal fan mode discussing title chances

Chelsea midfielder said he was optimistic Arsenal would win the title up until Yannick Bolasie's goal for Crystal Palace this weekend.

Cesc Fabregas may be playing for Chelsea, but his time at Arsenal in which he captained the club is not forgotten.

Chelsea fans have never entirely taken to him because of it, while Arsenal supporters are still feeling let down that he chose to play for the Blues.

Fabregas has long insisted he would have returned to Arsenal had Arsene Wenger wanted him, but that's a debate for another day.

Last night he was a guest in the SkySports Monday Night Football studio, and was asked to comment on Arsenal's title chances.

He admitted that they were over as a result of their draw against Crystal Palace, but slipped into using language describing that of a supporter watching the game, when talking about the match.

Fabregas said: "Up until the 81st minute when Crystal Palace scored I still thought they were in the title race, to go for it, why not, obviously now it's over but I believed, I was optimistic."

The Spaniard went on to give his thumbs up towards the club's chances of finishing inside the top four, currently four points ahead of fifth placed Manchester United.

He said: "Arsenal normally finish strongly. I have no doubt they will be there if they play well."

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