Cesc Fabregas only arrived at Stamford Bridge three months ago, but the Spaniard is already in danger of angering the Chelsea supporters. Like a new partner who doesn’t stop banging on about their ex every five minutes, the midfielder has got to remind himself to stop talking about Arsenal Football Club.
On Monday he poured his heart out to reporters, admitting that his love for Arsenal will never die. This is the last thing Chelsea fans want to hear. They could accept it if the Gunners were merely an old flame, but they don’t want to find out that their new superstar still harbours deep feelings for their London rivals.
Because Fabregas has started the season very well indeed, they can tolerate - or choose to ignore - the Spain international’s comments. But, to make matters worse, it seems the midfielder is simply playing to the gallery.
Fabregas keen to appease the Arsenal fans
In a way, that’s perfectly understandable. After all, Fabregas lives back in London now and the last thing he wants is constant stick - or, worse, abuse - from the Arsenal supporters.
Keyboard warriors tend to be a lot braver from the comfort of their own homes than when they’re out and about, but Fabregas could do without the angst nonetheless.
Since returning to England from Barcelona he has tried his best to maintain his good guy status - although his legacy as an Arsenal hero now lies in tatters - and has said all the right things.
Does he really care about Arsenal?
But should Arsenal fans believe him? Does he really still care about the Gunners like he says he does?
It’s clear that he feels a great deal of gratitude and respect towards Arsenal and, in particular, Arsene Wenger after spending eight years with the north London outfit.
And it’s possible that he would have returned to the Emirates Stadium had Wenger decided to bring him back to the club. It’s still somewhat of a surprise that the French coach rejected the opportunity to do so.
That Wenger snubbed Fabregas may have prompted the midfielder, almost out of spite, to sign for the Blues.
Fabregas has made his bed
Now he’s made his bed, though, he must lie in it. He is a Chelsea player, playing under Jose Mourinho - words that would have sounded ridiculous four months ago - and he should stop trying to justify his move to the Arsenal supporters.
The Gunners faithful will inevitably boo Fabregas when he faces Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on October 5 - and he must face reality and brace himself for this.
How can he expect them to believe he’s sincere after he agreed to join Chelsea? After all, it’s safe to assume that he will never join Barcelona’s fierce rivals Real Madrid out of respect to the club who do occupy a large place in his heart.
Fabregas will always be a Barcelona fan. He’s stopped being a Gunner the moment he answered Mourinho’s call to become Chelsea’s new star midfielder.
And it’s time that Fabregas admitted as much, rather than continuing to lie to both himself and the Arsenal supporters who once adored him.
The Chelsea fans would respect him a lot more if he did.