Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits he still watches every Arsenal game, and is convinced Arsene Wenger is the right man to take the club forward.
The Spanish international left the Emirates Stadium this summer in a £35 million move to the Nou Camp, returning ‘home’ to his old club after eight years with the Gunners.
And the north London outfit have retained a strong place in the heart of Fabregas, who keeps a close eye on all the matches from his home in Catalonia as he hopes for the best for his old club.
"It has been painful. It's been painful because I want them to do well as a club and they're my friends,” he told The Guardian.
"Then there is the boss, who I admire so much and who I'm so grateful to. I watch virtually every Arsenal game - unless we play at the same time. I've watched 90% of their games this season.
"I don't want to see them losing or being sad or having bad moments. Hopefully they will finish the league well."
After Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy left the club in the summer, Arsenal made a dreadful start to the current campaign, which culminated in an embarrassing 8-2 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
However, the French ‘professor’ has overseen a change in fortunes in north London in recent months, and despite dropping out of the Champions League with a 4-3 aggregate defeat to AC Milan, the club’s Premier League form has improved dramatically.
And, after last weekend’s victory over Liverpool at Anfield, Arsenal are in pole position to take fourth place in the division, thus securing a return to Europe’s top table. Fabregas has no doubts that Wenger is the man to keep the club moving forward.
"The boss is very strong and he believes in the club so much I am sure he will find a means to bring Arsenal back where it belongs," added the Spain international.
"He knows when he is wrong and when he is right. He will find a way for sure. I have no doubt because he is a great man."