The former Gunners captain made 303 appearances for Arsenal over his eight-year spell in North London. He joined as a 16 year-old from Barcelona where he had spent his youth career.
The Spaniard claimed he would have stayed at Arsenal had it have not been Barcelona, his boyhood club, that had have lured him away from the Emirates.
“I lived in the most beautiful city in the world, I was in an incredible team with a great coach and the fans loved me.”
Fabregas scored 57 goals for Arsenal and became a fans’ favourite. He even scored a penalty against Barcelona with his leg broken. His commitment, determination, and resolve made him their most important player at the time, and without him they never looked the same team.
“It was a dream for me to play for Barcelona, but I was not bitter about Arsenal,” he continued,
“It was not a matter of life or death. If Barça had not come, I would have spent my entire career at Arsenal. That is certain.”
Perhaps his comments are just pure reflection, but the sentiment may hint that the Spanish international misses the club where he made his name. Since the departure of his idol Pep Guardiola, Fabregas has found it more difficult to get into the Barca first-team line-up under Tito Vilanova, something which he has publicly conceded upsets him.
Should he find himself on the fringes at the Nou Camp, I know a place he would be welcome back any day – his home away from home in North London.
Plus, if he were to make a shock return to the Emirates, perhaps he would feel more well-adjusted in the midfield alongside his compatriots Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla. Arsene Wenger would surely have him back. Perhaps then the Gunners could find that elusive trophy.