Pat Nevin: Fabregas’ Chelsea exit was more emotional than his Arsenal one

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea applauds the fans during the FA Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on January 5, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Ex-Chelsea winger Pat Nevin believes it was a more emotional experience for Cesc Fabregas to say goodbye to the club than Arsenal due to the greater success he enjoyed

The Spanish midfielder received a standing ovation from the Chelsea fans as he made way for N’Golo Kante in the 85th-minute of their 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest last weekend.

Afterwards, Fabregas came back on the pitch at Stamford Bridge and broke down in tears as he did a lap of honour.

“Cesc also might have scored more goals for Arsenal and played more games for them than he has Chelsea, but he has been more successful here, which gives a clue to why he was so emotional after the Nottingham Forest game,” Nevin wrote in his column for the club website.

“His one Gunners’ FA Cup winners’ medal pales in comparison with his two Premier League titles alongside his FA Cup and League Cup winners’ medals with the Blues.

“The two European Championship medals alongside the World Cup winners’ medal for Spain are pretty impressive too.”

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The Scotsman also praised for the former Barcelona star’s talent.

“For all the baubles, it is the skill and the vision that has stood out above everything else,” added Nevin.

“We could all marvel at his ability to pick up a ball deep in the midfield and play yet another inch-perfect quarterback-style pass on to a striker’s big toe, perfectly in his stride.

“What was more difficult to see for most fans is how hard that is to do at pitch level. He doesn’t have the overview that most fans have up in the stands; well he does have it but only in his mind.”

Fabregas is expected to join Ligue 1 side AS Monaco, who are coached by his old Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry.