Wenger: Treat Fabregas with respect on Sunday

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas deserves a warm reception on his return to the Emirates this weekend. The Frenchman believes Fabregas should be seen as a good servant for the club, and not a traitor, reports BBC Sport.

Fabregas played for Arsenal between 2003 and 2011, before signing for boyhood club Barcelona. He left the Catalan giants for a second time in his career to sign for Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea – who are currently Premier League leaders – and the two parties will renew acquaintances this weekend at the Emirates Stadium.

The Spanish international could have joined Arsenal last summer, as the Gunners had a buy-back clause attached following his initial sale to Barcelona, but chose not to exercise it when the Spanish club made it clear they were willing to sell him. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger understands supporters will be harbouring some negativity towards Fabregas’ decision to join a rival side, but doesn’t want a cold reception on Sunday.

He says Cesc Fabregas deserves a positive welcome from the home supporters for all the good he did with the Gunners. Wenger was quoted as saying: “The regret I have is that he wanted to leave here. This club and myself had a very positive influence on Cesc’s life, so I would be a bit uncomfortable to have to justify today why he is not here. I believe I would rather it was the other way around.”

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