Cesc Fabregas thought he was re-signing for Arsenal back in 2014.
Cesc Fabregas was seemingly supremely confident about re-signing for Arsenal.
The former Gunners captain left North London to re-sign for boyhood club Barcelona in 2011, after establishing himself as a firm fan favourite among fans of the North London club.
Fabregas broke into Arsenal’s first XI at the age of 17 during the 2005-06 season and helped Arsene Wenger’s side reach the final of the Champions League, losing to Barcelona in Paris.
The 32-year-old, now with Monaco, has often reiterated his affinity for Arsenal and a sensational return looked on the cards back in 2014.
The Londoners had an option to bring him back to the Emirates Stadium after it emerged that he was leaving Camp Nou, but Wenger, who had signed Mesut Ozil a year earlier, refused.
But Fabregas was so certain that the legendary Frenchman would take him back that he even told everybody that the move was happening.
He told Arseblog’s podcast: “Arsenal will have the first option and I cannot speak to any other club for one week until Arsenal make the decision if they want it or not.
“Arsenal were my first option. In my mind I’m telling everyone I’m going [back] to Arsenal.”
Things sort of worked out for the Spanish World Cup winner, who set up Andres Iniesta’s winning goal in the final against the Netherlands 10 years ago.
Fabregas, who earns £110,000 per week with the Ligue 1 side now, joined Chelsea instead and wound up winning his first of two Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge.