'One long ball, Drogba goal' – Fabregas reflects on past Chelsea-Arsenal clashes

The midfielder says it was the same old story when he used to face the Blues with Arsenal, arguing that Arsene Wenger’s would dominate only to be sucker-punched by the Ivorian


Cesc Fabregas says he could sense Chelsea’s drive to win trophies when he was still playing for Arsenal, and believes it was reflected when the teams faced each other.

Fabregas joined Chelsea from Barcelona last summer and has been one of the most impressive performers in the Premier League this season, racking up 15 assists so far, seven ahead of Gylfi Sigurdsson in second place.

His formative years in English football were spent with Arsenal, however, and was part of the Gunners side which lost to the Blues in the 2007 League Cup final.

And the Spain midfielder says losing to the west Londoners was a common theme of his time at the Emirates Stadium.

“At Arsenal, we were most of the games the better team, but we were always losing,” he told The Telegraph. “I always said the same thing. Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal. Then one long ball or one free-kick, Drogba goal. It was always the same.

“That tells you that it’s not always about the quality and the talent, it’s also about how much you want it, how much you know how to play your game. Their game was stay compact, compact, compact, compact, take your chances. They did it very well and they had good players, so you have to respect that.

“In terms of winning titles, of course I felt that at Arsenal we could have won more than we did because we arrived to finals and semi-finals, and most of the time we were nearly there.

“Of course, there is something in your heart that regrets not having won. You need that drive. I always felt it at Chelsea from the outside. You need trophies.

“You see Chelsea as a team who has to win trophies. It’s the same as Barcelona.”

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