Fabregas spent 8 years at Arsenal, changing into the captain in November 2008 and growing a father-son dating with Arsene Wenger.
But he driven for a transfer to Barcelona in 2011 which angered the Gunners and Wenger.
When Barcelona determined to promote Fabregas in 2014, Arsenal have been a few of the names connected with the Spaniard but he was once satisfied to sign up for Chelsea via then supervisor Jose Mourinho.
Ahead of Chelsea’s assembly with Arsenal this afternoon, Fabregas has published his former membership had the primary possibility to sign him but they didn’t cause the clause, permitting the Blues to swoop in.
When requested if Arsenal have been like an “old girlfriend”, Fabregas told Sky Sports: “I would not name it that. It’s a lot more than that, as a result of every so often an outdated female friend you lose reference to, you do not really feel the rest for after years.
“I believe very hooked up, even now, to Arsenal. My emotions for the membership, neatly I would not have to repeat myself, each and every unmarried time we play in opposition to them as a result of it is recognized.
“Whoever does not imagine me, or does not really feel it’s this manner, isn’t proper. I understand how I believe, my circle of relatives does, and that is the reason all that issues to me.
“Once I made the verdict to go away Barcelona, Arsenal had the primary possibility, and Barcelona had the duty to touch Arsenal first. Then they had a week to principally reply sure or no to the purchase-out clause.
“I knew Chelsea have been at the aspect, amongst different golf equipment, but when I spoke to [Jose] Mourinho within the interim he satisfied me that it was once an excellent spot to come. The week handed, Arsenal never spoke back, never contacted me both, so I took it as them having sufficient avid gamers of their squad, so I made my transfer to Chelsea.
“Because I felt they sought after me probably the most, Jose spoke to me in some way that now not many have spoken to me sooner than, and I knew what he sought after from me. He motivated me such a lot in that assembly that my selection was once really easy.
“I love Arsene, the man. I love him of course as a coach too. This is a decision he made. I always said that he’s like a father to me, and he will always be.”