Cesc Fabregas may not be the player who flirted with the Premier League assists record anymore but the Spaniard remains one of the most talented midfielders in English football.
There can be little doubting that his involvement at Stamford Bridge has waned in recent years, yet his importance hasn’t slipped one bit. Antonio Conte can always rely on Fabregas to appear and produce a eye-catching pass within minutes.
You’d be hard pressed to find an Arsenal fan who wasn’t either disappointed or frustrated that his return to England in 2014 was to west as to opposed to north London, that’s for sure.
It’s for good reason. Fabregas accumulated 303 appearances across his time at Highbury and the Emirates Stadium, eventually bowing out as captain in 2011 with a much understood return to Barcelona.
Fabregas garnered the title of Arsenal’s youngest ever goal scorer, continuing to thrive at the club until his final campaign in 2010-11.
Arsenal fans will remember the season fondly with the term witnessing Samir Nasri at his peak, Alexandre Song come into his own and Robin van Persie take strides towards goalscoring greatness.
The Gunners even amassed a tangible title challenge that only dissolved in the final two months with Manchester United pulling away and the infamous collapse at home to Liverpool.
No steller performance that season was without the mercurial Fabregas, though, and Arsene Wenger certainly needed some help from the Spaniard early in the season at Sunderland.
Arsenal had left the Stadium of Light pointless in 2009-10 and would ultimately settle for a 1-1 draw one year on, with Fabregas providing the goal for the visitors.
To say it was a bizarre goal, however, would be the quite understatement.
In fact, the 30-year-old scored one of the strangest goals in Premier League history when he lobbed Simon Mignolet from 40 yards with, well, a tackle. Check it out:
Anton Ferdinand must have smashed a mirror while walking under a ladder on his way to the ground that day.
The goal came in the same season as Nani’s rather bizarre strike against Tottenham, too, take a look at that HERE.
Fabregas would eventually depart for Barcelona after another failed title challenge and elimination at the hands of the Catalans in the Champions League that season.
And as much as some sections of the Emirates crowd have mixed feelings about the Spaniard still, he’s always rightfully thanked for the memories.
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