Francesc Fabregas might have won the league with Chelsea and finally found the success in England he always craved, but it has cost him dearly with regards to his status at former club Arsenal.
Having been elevated to club captain in north London early on his career, the Spaniard could have been forgiven for believing Gunners supporters would always have a soft spot for him, even when he left them for the dazzling lights of Barcelona.
However, that appeared to change when he agreed to join Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea project last summer, signing up for one of Arsenal’s biggest title rivals and subsequently proving to any who doubted his ability that he remains one of the most elite passers of the ball in the game.
As you can imagine it won’t have struck a friendly chord with all those who associated themselves with the Emirates Stadium.
One man who certainly hasn’t got any time for the midfield maestro looks to be ex-Arsenal man Alexander Hleb, despite the fact that the pair were teammates during the latter’s three-year spell under Arsene Wenger between 2005 and 2008.
Footage from Spain’s run in with Belarus in their Euro 2016 qualifying match at the weekend has emerged showing Hleb blatantly ignoring Fabregas in the tunnel regardless of the the ex-Gunners skipper making a clear effort to conduct a meet and greet.
What makes the whole situation even more awkward is the fact that Hleb takes the time to interact with both Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets - two other old teammates from the 34-year-old’s Barcelona days - and doesn’t even seem fazed by giving Fabregas the cold shoulder.
Fabregas, as one would expect, doesn’t look like he quite knows how to react, though a sour look on his face in the immediate aftermath is enough to infer that he’s well aware he’s now a contender for the Victim of the Snub of the Year award.
Ultimately it was the Chelsea man who had the last laugh, as his side went on to win the game 1-0 via a David Silva tap-in just before half-time, but nonetheless it will give him food for thought when he comes to consider the legacy he has left behind in English football.
We could be well of the mark and Hleb’s act merely a product of some long-lasting argument he’s had with Fabregas for years, or indeed perhaps the Belarusian didn’t recognise his old teammate now that he’s matured into a man fully grown.
Make your mind up by watching the video above and tell us what you think in the comments box below.
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