Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas seems to have overlooked the mixed reaction he got from Arsenal fans when leaving the Emirates pitch yesterday, and, despite a number of boos, he’s thanked Gooners for the ‘love’ they showed him.
The ex-Gunner, who spent eight years with the north London side, was given a few pelters throughout the game, which only intensified when he was subbed in the dying seconds of his first Premier League appearance as a visitor to his former stomping ground.
He was applauded by a number of Arsenal supporters but it was not enough to disguise the distinct sound of boos from a disgruntled few who still cannot forgive the Spaniard for his controversial exit in 2011.
However, after the game, Cesc was full of praise for what he said was a loving reaction from the home crowd.
“Before the game, I thought about many moments and I’m glad it ended this way. To feel the love of the Arsenal fans meant a lot to me,” he said, according to The Sun.
“Some will be disappointed in me for why I left but I am grateful forever.”
Fabregas also disputed his caution for simulation by referee Michael Oliver.
The Chelsea number four seemed to flop over Santi Cazorla’s leg when there was either minimal or no contact whatsoever, but insisted he had been touched and that’s why he fell.
“Santi definitely touched me. I don’t know if I could have stood up but he touched me and that’s why I fell. The referee told me he would look at it afterwards and learn from it,” he added.
When Arsene Wenger was quizzed on the issue and asked if his former captain had tried to cheat Arsenal, he simply said: “I’ve seen much worse.”