Arsenal have removed a prominent poster of Cesc Fabregas following his summer move to Chelsea and a recent statement on Ashley Cole.
The Spanish international midfielder completed a £27million move to west London from Barcelona last month, having returned ‘home’ from England back in 2011.
Arsene Wenger had the chance to bring Fabregas back to the Emirates Stadium because of a buy-back clause in his contract at the Nou Camp, but they opted against it and the 27-year-old will now play for their capital rivals.
"If I didn't think that I'd be happy at Chelsea, I would've never made this decision. Above all, I want to be happy both professionally and personally,” he said at the time of the deal.
"Chelsea have great players - young and talented - and building a great team with new signings. I have no doubt I'll be happy, I lived in London for eight years, I have friends and family there.”
Ken Friar Bridge
Fabregas appears to have lost some friends in north London however, after the Gunners decided to take down a huge banner of the player that was hanging on the Ken Friar Bridge. It was prominent alongside other famous players from the club’s history.
Having joined Arsenal in 2003, Fabregas spent eight years with the club, becoming captain on the way. He left in the middle of a nine-year trophy drought, which was ended last season with FA Cup victory.
Removal of the banner also comes just a day after Chelsea issued a statement taunting Arsenal over the success of Ashley Cole at Stamford Bridge. He moved directly from one club to the other after a well-documented dispute over a new contract.
"Arsenal without Cole did not lift silverware until this year's FA Cup final a week after he played his final Chelsea game,” read the statement.
Neither Premier League club comes out of this cross-capital goading with much respect, and it’s a shame that Arsenal have felt the necessity to remove the banner. Fabregas was a good servant to the club, and nobody could begrudge him the return to Barcelona - even if they didn’t want him to go.
The club also had the chance to re-sign the player but opted against it. That is not the fault of Fabregas, who won an FA Cup and played in a Champions League final whilst with the Gunners.
Chelsea’s statement over Cole has won them few friends away from the King’s Road, and is quite frankly unprofessional. By association, it does the same from the player - one of the best full-backs of his generation, but hardly a national treasure in the eye of the public.
Fabregas moving to Chelsea is obviously a bitter pill for Arsenal fans in particular to swallow, but perhaps on this occasion the club could have made a different decision all-together.