Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has had his say as Chelsea midfielder and former-Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas prepares to return to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Fabregas returns to Arsenal wearing the Blue shirt of rivals Chelsea, but Henry believes his old Arsenal teammate should always be remembered for his important contributions to the north London club.
Sunday afternoon marks the first time Fabregas will return to the Emirates since he left Arsenal for Barcelona in the summer of 2011.
He rejoined the Premier League 10 months ago when he signed for Chelsea in a surprise deal, after Arsene Wenger reportedly turned down the chance to bring him back to the Gunners.
And Henry has paid tribute to Fabregas ahead of the game, even though the midfielder is expected to get a hostile reception when he takes the field.
“Cesc Fabregas will be wearing the blue shirt of Chelsea today - but in my eyes he will always be a red,” Henry told The Sun.
“To arrive at the Emirates Stadium as a visiting player will also be strange for Cesc, I can assure him of that. I will always see him as a Arsenal player. He will always have that vibe.
“We must not forget the various examples of Everton fans going on to play for Liverpool, such as Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman. They all remained Everton fans.”
Fabregas played a key role at Arsenal before his move to the Nou Camp, making 212 appearances for the Gunners over eight years in the first-team.