‘I shouldn’t say this’: Cesc Fabregas speaks out on ‘special’ Arsenal-Chelsea fight

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Tempers spilled over in Arsenal’s League Cup final defeat to Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

He may have joined arch rivals Chelsea in 2014 but Cesc Fabregas is still adored by Blues and Arsenal fans alike.

The Spaniard was a fans’ favourite at the Emirates and few fans begrudged him the opportunity to return to Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona in 2011 in a £34million deal.

However, Fabregas tested his love affair with Gooners when he moved to Stamford Bridge in 2014 and guided Jose Mourinho’s side to their first league title in four years.

But time has healed any division and Fabregas was fighting in Arsenal’s corner long before he made the move across London.

The Spaniard gave Gooners a reminder of that on Twitter, when he spoke out about the fight that erupted between his Arsenal side and Chelsea in the 2007 League Cup final.

Didier Drogba grabbed his second of the game six minutes from time to give Chelsea victory in an ill-tempered affair, which included a 22-man brawl after a tussle between John Obi Mikel and Kolo Toure.

Though the scenes were described as unsavoury in some quarters, Fabregas believes that incidents like that make football ‘even more special’.

‘I shouldn’t be saying this but moments like this sometimes makes football even more special,’ said Fabregas.

‘Proper passion for wanting to win even if it’s not always possible.’

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