In an interview with Sky Sports, Cesc Fabregas has been reflecting on his time as a teenager at Arsenal, ahead of Sunday's London derby clash.
Fabregas joined Arsenal at just 16-years-old in 2003 and went on to make a name for himself as one of the world's best midfielders in the next seven seasons with the Gunners, scoring 35 goals in 202 appearances.
Cesc Fabregas’s next goal will be his 50th in the Premier League (14 Chelsea, 35 Arsenal)— CarefreeYouth (@CarefreeYouth) September 16, 2017
Can he get another against Arsenal tomorrow? #CFC
When somewhat cheekily asked if he looks back at Arsenal 'like an old girlfriend', Fabregas responded calmly suggesting that was far from the case:
"I wouldn't call it that. It's much more than that, because sometimes an old girlfriend you lose connection with, you don't feel anything for after years," claimed Fabregas.
"I feel very attached, even now, to Arsenal. My feelings for the club, well I don't have to repeat myself, every single time we play against them, because it's known."
Fabregas also claimed in the interview that Arsenal had the first option to buy him back when he was told he could leave Barcelona, but that Wenger did not take up the offer:
"Once I made the decision to leave Barcelona, Arsenal had the first option, and Barcelona had the obligation to contact Arsenal first. Then they had a week to basically respond yes or no to the buy-out clause," said Fabregas.
"The week passed, Arsenal never responded, never contacted me either, so I took it as them having enough players in their squad, so I made my move to Chelsea."
Despite not getting his desired move back to Arsenal thanks in part to Arsene Wenger, Fabregas had nothing but kind words to say about his old boss, after saying that he's never
mentioned the proposed transfer to the Frenchman:
"I love Arsene, the man. I love him of course as a coach too. This is a decision he made. I always said that he's like a father to me, and he will always be. So outside of football it's always fantastic to see him," claimed Fabregas.