Are Arsenal fans right to hate Cesc Fabregas?

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Cesc Fabregas may have been booed all afternoon long but had the final laugh as Chelsea beat his former club Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last weekend.

The midfielder, who left the Gunners for La Liga giants Barcelona in 2011, was the pantomime villain of the occasion with supporters making their feelings known towards him over the course of the 90 minutes.

However, do they have a sufficient reason to detest the Spaniard? Here, GiveMeSport will give the verdict on whether Arsenal supporters are right to dislike him – or whether they are wrong to hate him as much as they do.


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Jumping ship

Fabregas was part of a side constantly missing out on Premier League titles to the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea, and left in 2011 to return to first flame Barcelona who had sold him to Arsenal in September 2003.

Though it was obvious he would return to Catalonia one day, the timing irked many supporters with Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy joining former striker Emmanuel Adebayor over at the Etihad Stadium with Manchester City.

It was a particularly difficult time for manager Arsene Wenger, whose side were then emphatically demolished 8-2 by Sir Alex Ferguson’s United at the end of August, but the Frenchman managed to turn things around and secured qualification for the Champions League at the end of the season.

Barcelona battle

Fabregas was unlucky to join a Barcelona side beginning to fade under Pep Guardiola and was constantly battling with the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Sergio Busquets for a place in the starting line-up.

He was part of the side that relinquished the La Liga title to Real Madrid in 2012 but did claim the Copa del Ray, before finally winning the crown the following year.

United were keen on signing him during David Moyes’ fleeting spell at the club in the summer of 2013, yet he stayed to play under Gerard Martino before Luis Enrique sold him to Chelsea in 2014.

Unnecessary hate?

Fabregas performed majestically for the Blues last season and did what he failed to do at Arsenal by winning the Premier League for Chelsea under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho.

Unlike Nasri, Clichy and even Robin van Persie, he joined a domestic rival via a third party with Barcelona selling him to the club that coughed up the most amount of money.

Wenger has claimed that Arsenal snubbed the chance to bring him back to north London, ultimately leaving him to join the Stamford Bridge side.

At the end of the day, Arsenal fans have no reason to hate Fabregas given what he has won since leaving the Emirates, and the same can be said for their pointless feuds with Nasri and Van Persie who have also won the crown since leaving the capital.

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