Had you asked them a couple of weeks ago, Chelsea fans would have found the idea of Cesc Fabregas turning out against former club Arsenal – and possibly scoring a goal against them hilarious.
To be fair, some of them probably still do, but after seeing the very same thing happen to them with Frank Lampard, the Blues might have a little bit more sympathy for the Arsenal faithful who are preparing to see Cesc in a Chelsea shirt up close and personal for the first time since he joined the club.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has called for the fans to give their former midfielder a warm reception – but given he passed over the chance to re-sign Cesc and now has to watch him excel for Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, he can hardly advocate booing the Spaniard.
The very same Jose Mourinho has of course been stoking the flames ahead of his 13th meeting with Wenger – having never lost to the Frenchman and in that respect, you can certainly understand why Mourinho dubs him a ‘specialist in failure.’
Mourinho has claimed Cesc ‘loves’ Chelsea and life with the Blues – only a couple of weeks after stating that Frank Lampard’s own love story with Chelsea is over – pretty convenient then that his replacement has one of his very own.
Of course, it is not quite like the Lampard situation – Cesc left Arsenal many years ago the second boyhood club Barcelona came calling, is not the all time top scorer for the Gunners and did not even win the league with them. Luckily for him, he probably will with Chelsea and Mourinho.
Betrayal in football is not a concept Arsenal fans are unfamiliar with, and it has to be said, had Wenger opted to re-sign Cesc, the midfielder would have probably returned to the club – but they did not and football is a business.
If you fail to sign a player, your rivals will – and how it is looking like being another monumental mishap by Wenger and masterstroke by Mourinho.
Chelsea’s number four may never feel for the Blues quite what he did – or does – for Arsenal, but he is a professional and a good one at that.
Mourinho will expect nothing less than his very best performance when the two sides face off and smart money is on exactly that. And probably a goal or at least an assist – after all the football Gods have punished Chelsea fans enough of late – and their fans are waiting to be smiled upon once more. There would probably be no better way than all three points secured by a Cesc goal – and a kissing of the badge!
Arsenal fans. Will you be booing Cesc or will you take a leaf out of Chelsea’s book and cheer for your former player? Let us know your thoughts below or tweet us @LaFootyettes.