It has become all to familiar for Arsenal fans to see some of their best performers move to rival clubs.
The likes of Robin van Persie, Emmanuel Adebayor, William Gallas, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Ashley Cole have all jumped ship in recent years. And now Cesc Fabregas can be added to the list now as his recent move to Chelsea has left Arsenal fans a bit confused.
Although the move wasn't directly from Arsenal to Chelsea, the Gunners saw Fabregas as a sort of legend and he was a major asset to the club before his move to Barcelona.
After the hoax involving Manchester United last year, Chelsea were supposed to be the destination of the rumours this time. No Arsenal fan was going to be worried about that, confident that their boy Cesc would never sign for the Blues.
So, as expected, Arsenal fans are in shock as the name ‘Cesc Fabregas’ has been transferred from the list of their greatest players to just another ex-Arsenal player. It’s one thing signing for the rival of a club which loved him so much, but when he has said: “If I ever wear a Chelsea shirt, you have permission to kill me,” in 2010, the confusion is taken to a whole new level.
This makes me wonder how fans will react when Cesc is on the team sheet at the Emirates playing for a rival club. Will he receive the same reception as Van Persie and Adebayor with a chant similar to 'Adebayor, Adebayor, he went from Sky Sports, to itv 4', mocking him and Spurs about not having Champions League football but Europa League.
Players like Kolo Toure who also moved to rival team are not booed or downgraded by Arsenal fans and he receives applauds when being subbed on or off the field or if he does something good on the pitch. Maybe Fabregas will get this reception but only time will tell.
The first Arsenal and Chelsea meeting is on October 4 but this is at Stamford Bridge. We will get some insight to what the reaction is but the real reception will be displayed on April 25 2015 so quite a long wait.