Time was when every young player in the world dreamt of playing for Arsenal as it is given that Arsene Wenger gave them chance, and nurtured them into professional.
Spain international and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas reckons that it was tough for him to leave Barcelona for Arsenal in 2003, when he was just a teenager, this is according to report.
Fabregas started his career with the Barcelona La Masia academy and after six years of playing with them, he move to North London with Arsenal at Highbury Stadium.
A few weeks after joining the Gunners, Fabregas was handed his Arsenal debut as the youngest player at the club at 16 years. He grew in relevance, skills and professionalism at he club, learning from the likes of Gilberto Silva and Patrick Vieira. However, he returned to his country club Barcelona in the summer of 2011.
His spell at Barcelona was not successful, as he was disliked by the fans of the Catalan side. Fabregas spoke with BBC’s Gary Lineker and he revealed how he completed the move to Arsenal.
“Yes it was [a big decision],” Fabregas explained.
“I’d just turned 16, and you see Arsene Wenger there waiting for you, cutting his holiday [short] just to come to see you. For me it was a bit like: ‘What have I done?’
“They made an offer for me. Arsene was very clear he wanted me to train with the first-team, basically since day one.
“I’m not going to lie, it was tough, but a fantastic opportunity.
“At Barcelona it was so difficult. You had the likes of [Andres] Iniesta, who still didn’t even reach the first-team at the time and he was seen as the next big thing.
“I just had to make the decision. I did it and it happened. And here I am today.”
Fabregas has won every trophy there is to win in football barring the Champions league. He is one of the key players of Antonio Conte and he will be hoping his side are side to turn their tide around when they play Manchester United this weekend.