Arsenal fans destroy Cesc Fabregas banner

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Arsenal fans have managed to destroy the Cesc Fabregas banner previously located on the Danny Fiszman bridge outside the Emirates Stadium.

Some supporters were unhappy that the banner was still up after the former Gunner joined Chelsea last summer, but a video has emerged showing several fans taking matters into their own hands.

Following Arsenal's emphatic 4-0 victory over Aston Villa in the FA Cup final on Saturday - which took place at Wembley Stadium, but was also shown live on a big screen at the Emirates - one fan was seen getting a bunk-up from two of his mates before throwing the banner over the side of the bridge.

Many Arsenal fans on Twitter expressed their delight that the banner had finally been removed, while others felt it should have stayed because of the key role Fabregas played with the Gunners between 2003 and 2011.

Although Arsenal only managed to win one trophy during Fabregas's eight years with Arsenal, he was a hugely popular figure in the eyes of the Gunners' faithful, particularly after becoming club captain in his final season with the north London outfit.

Cesc's decision hurt Arsenal fans

It wasn't his decision to move to Barcelona in 2011 that tarnished his Arsenal legacy, but his decision to join Jose Mourinho's Chelsea three years later.

However, Fabregas would almost certainly be an Arsenal player again now were it not for Arsene Wenger, who surprisingly rejected the chance to re-sign the 28-year-old last summer.

Wenger felt he had enough options in attacking midfield and subsequently told Fabregas he was not needed at the Emirates Stadium.

This snub must have hurt Fabregas, who probably felt - with good reason - that he could always return to Arsenal if things didn't work out as planned at the Camp Nou.

Fabregas has not looked back

He subsequently accepted Mourinho's offer much to everyone's surprise - only a few months earlier he had effectively told the revered Portuguese coach to "shut up" via the media - but has not looked back since.

Fabregas has already won more trophies in ten months with Chelsea than he won in eight years with Arsenal. He lifted the Capital One Cup in March and followed that up by winning the Premier League title last month.

Arsenal will always hold a special place in Fabregas's heart, but it seems the feeling isn't necessarily mutual with every Gunners' supporter.

Arsenal fans: are you happy the Cesc Fabregas banner has been removed in this way? Have your say in the comments below!

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