Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas spent 8 years with Gunners before joining Barcelona in 2011 and then Blues’ in 2014.
The Spaniard will meet his former manager again as Chelsea will face Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
When asked whether the experience with Arsenal still had a place in his heart, Fabregas said: “Yes, forever. That is something that will never change, there are many things said about me, about Arsenal, about stuff like that”.
“Obviously I don’t really care about what people think about me anymore. It is just about what I feel about them and Arsenal will always be the team that believe in me the most”.
Arsene Wenger played a crucial role in Fabregas’ development under his management.
“I was a young kid, 16 years old, playing for Barcelona – but for the Barcelona academy, where it is very difficult to reach the first team. And Arsene Wenger especially, and Arsenal, gave me everything”.
“Without them I wouldn’t be a World Cup winner, a European Championship winner. I would not have experienced all of this that I am doing in my life”.
Then Fabregas ended: “So I will always forever be grateful.”