London: All eyes will be on Cesc Fabregas today when he plays his first game against former club Arsenal in the colours of new side Chelsea.
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas in action during an EPL match. Pic/Getty Images
Fabregas spent eight years with Arsenal, including three as captain, but when he returned to England from Barcelona, it was at Stamford Bridge that he alighted, rather than the Emirates Stadium.
The 27-year-old has been an instant hit at Chelsea, supplying seven assists in eight games, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Fabregas would have preferred to return to Arsenal, Wenger said: "Certainly, yes."
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, whose side are six points above fourth-place Arsenal at the top of the table, says he is not interested in the debate about whether Fabregas would have preferred to return to Arsenal.
Chelsea romped to a humiliating 6-0 victory in last season's corresponding fixture.
The Frenchman has never won against Mourinho in 11 attempts, but he believes his team will draw extra motivation from the desire to erase memories of last season's capitulation. "It was of course a very bad memory," said Wenger.
"But football is not made of history, it is made of performance, and (it is) performance in the next game that counts. That is what we want to do."