Chelsea playmaker Cesc Fabregas has revealed that he has an ambition to eclipse possibly the greatest legend at his former club Arsenal and the former Gunners skipper is well on course to do so this season.
Speaking in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the Spain international admitted he would love to brake Thierry Henry’s record for assists in a single Premier League season, though cautioned that it was not something that was going to keep him up at night.
Henry set the current record in the 2002-03 Premier League season by laying on 20 goals from teammates, but Fabregas is already hot on his heels and is on course to surpass it by some way. The Blues star is already on 15 assists, with still 26 matches still remaining.
"Of course, I would like to beat Thierry's record, but it's not an obsession,” said the 27-year-old, who signed for the west Londoners in a £27million deal on the eve of the World Cup in Brazil last summer.
“Sometimes you go five games without any assists and all of a sudden in one game you have three. It's always been a part of my game. I think every year I have good numbers in assists. I have a soft spot for assists and killer passes since I am very, very young. I like it."
His ability to pick the crucial passes has been a major factor in Jose Mourinho’s side topping the table by five points ahead of reigning champions Manchester City. Fabregas has built up a lethal partnership with fellow summer signing Diego Costa, who tops the Premier League scoring charts with 17 goals.
Seeing Fabregas wear the Blue of rivals Chelsea has been tough enough for some Arsenal fans, so having to watch him break a record set by their favourite son on the way to Mourinho’s side lifting the league trophy will be tough to bear.
"Of course, I would like to beat Thierry's record" - Fabregas
Especially as Arsene Wenger had the opportunity to bring Fabregas back to Emirates Stadium before Mourinho could get a deal in place. The Gunners had the option of first refusal written into the agreement taking him to Barcelona in 2011, but decided not to take it up.
Mesut Özil’s £42.4million arrival in 2013 was reportedly the reason behind the snub, as Wenger felt he did not have the space to accommodate both creative midfielders. Many Arsenal fans will now be thinking their manager had made a different choice.