Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas will forever be grateful to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal.
The 29-year-old made over 300 appearances for Arsenal, who travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday seeking to end Chelsea’s 10-match winning run at home, live on Sky Sports.
Fabregas was made captain of Arsenal aged 21 and spent eight years under Wenger at Highbury and the Emirates Stadium.
He rejoined Barcelona in 2011 before returning to England in 2014, signing for Chelsea when Wenger declined to take up an option on his former skipper.
The Spain playmaker insists there are only fond memories, not bad blood, despite some Arsenal supporters turning on him for his move to Chelsea.
In an interview on YouTube he said: “There’s something that will never change. There’s many things said about me, about Arsenal.
“I don’t really care what people think about me any more. It’s just about what I feel towards them.
“Arsenal will always be the team that believed in me the most. I was a young kid, 16 years old, playing for Barcelona.
“Arsene Wenger, especially, and Arsenal Football Club, gave me everything.
“Without them I would not be a World Cup winner, a European Championship winner. And I would not have experienced all of this that I’m doing in my life. I will always forever be grateful.”