Cesc Fabregas has admitted he still has a special place in his heart for Arsenal despite agreeing to sign for Chelsea earlier this summer.
The Spain international was offered around the Premier League after Barcelona decided to cash in on his, and Chelsea appeared to be the only club willing to offer him a home. He eventually signed for the Blues in a £27 million deal.
No Arsenal interest
Seeing Fabregas in a Chelsea shirt was a baffling sight for Premier League fans. Arsenal fans were getting ready to welcome back their former captain, but Arsene Wenger decided against it. The Frenchman instead put his faith in his current crop of attacking midfielders including Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey.
Despite being snubbed by his former team, Fabregas admitted he still has a place in his heart for the Gunners.
"I will always feel a Gunner and I know that I am going to return to [the Emirates Stadium] and I feel that it will be a special moment but I am committed," Fabregas told El Pais.
Ready to battle
The revelation will come as no surprise to Chelsea or Arsenal fans. Both would be hard pressed to admit that Fabregas would not have chosen Arsenal over Stamford Bridge if given the option.
However, Fabregas says he will have no problem giving his all for Jose Mourinho when the two teams meet at the Emirates on April 25. The 27-year-old used his past experiences playing against Barcelona as a perfect example.
He continued: "Remember that I played a Champions League final against Barcelona! I swear to you that I would have done anything to win that game even though I’d been Barcelona since I was a kid!
"So you know that when I play against Arsenal I will know who I am playing with, who my teammates are and who I will defend and I know that the Arsenal fans will understand; I have no doubt."
The former Barcelona man was persuaded to join Chelsea after taking a personal phone call from Mourinho. The Special One offered Fabregas pride of place in the Chelsea team and the chance to fill Frank Lampard's void was too much to turn down.
He was also offered a staggering deal worth almost £200,000-a-week, making the decision that much easier.