Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas says that he still loves Arsenal despite the likely hostile reception he will receive from Gunners when he faces his old side in Sunday’s Community Shield clash.
The former Arsenal captain angered fans after agreeing to join Chelsea following a stint with La Liga giants Barcelona and faced a mixed reception in his return to the Emirates last season.
Fabregas comes up against the Gunners again this weekend and says a bad reception will not change his “love” for the North London club.
“Whatever it is, it is,” Fabregas is quoted as saying by The Daily Mail.
“The love I have for that club will never change whatever happens and what is the most important is what I have with me from my time there.
“The rest doesn’t matter, I have great memories, love and respect for the club. You will never hear anything bad from me about them.”
Fabregas spent seven years at Arsenal, scoring 35 goals in 212 Premier League appearances.
He left the Gunners to join boyhood club Barcelona in a £27m deal in 2011 and featured in 96 La Liga games for the Catalan outfit.
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