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Fabregas revisits Arsenal end: ‘I used to spend sleepless nights suffering’

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Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is lifting the lid on his decision to leave the club in 2011.

The wonderful Spanish midfielder was the Gunners captain, but felt frustrated by his teammates’ collective commitment to winning.

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Now 32 and playing for Monaco, Fabregas turned back the clock to 2011 in a podcast interview with Arseblog.

He felt that his level was above the bunch, outside of Samir Nasri and Robin Van Persie, and accepted a $40 million-plus move to childhood club Barcelona.

“I was the captain, I always felt so much pressure on myself,” Fabregas said. “I had to lead this team to win something. I gave everything. Sometimes, I used to go home after we lost and I used to cry.

“I used to suffer, I used to spend sleepless nights suffering. And then you lose a game, you’re in the bus like this, destroyed, and then you hear some players laughing, thinking about where they will be going out later. This was going on for a few years. We were playing beautiful football and I enjoyed that side of things but I was putting pressure on myself to lead, to do everything and at one point I felt kind of lonely.”

His final season featured a number of mercurial talents, including Andrei Arshavin, Carlos Vela, and Nicklas Bendtner.

Fabregas hit double-digit assists for Arsenal four times, including an absurd 20-assist season in 2007/08 and a 15-goal, 15-assist campaign in 2009/10. Following three good seasons with Barcelona, he returned to the PL with Chelsea and had a 19-assist season in his first year back in England.

Fabregas has three assists this season for Monaco, averaging 1.3 key passes and 40.8 passes per game.

Ligue 1: Fabregas nearly the hero on Monaco debut

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PARIS (AP) — Cesc Fabregas almost had a dream debut for Monaco in the French league only for teammate Youri Tielemans to waste a late golden chance in a 1-1 draw at Marseille on Sunday.

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Despite only signing from Premier League Chelsea on Friday, Fabregas went straight into the team and added poise and assurance to Monaco’s midfield.

In the first minute of injury time, Fabregas cleverly chipped the ball over the Marseille defense, only for Tielemans to drag his shot wide.

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Watching from the sideline, Monaco coach Thierry Henry could barely contain his frustration. Still, it was an important point for 19th-placed Monaco in its relegation fight.

Next up for Henry’s Monaco is eighth-placed Nice at home on Wednesday, a match which pits Henry against his former Arsenal and France teammate Patrick Vieira, who is now coach of Nice. Both Henry and Vieira were also teammates of Fabregas when he started his Arsenal career late in 2003.

Fabregas’ emotional farewell: ‘Occasion got the better of me’

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Few players have done or seen more winning over the last 15 years than Cesc Fabregas.

[ VIDEO: Fabregas in tears while applauded off pitch by Stamford Bridge ]

From his seven-year stint at Arsenal (one major trophy), to his return to Barcelona (two), to the last five seasons at Chelsea (three), and of course there’s his glittering international career with Spain (back-to-back European Championships either side of the 2010 World Cup), Fabregas has played — and won — with more than a handful of all-time greats.

With his career beginning to wind down and a transfer to Monaco reportedly on the cards, Fabregas exited the field at Stamford Bridge in fitting fashion on Saturday — complete with a few tears — and admitted afterwards that “the occasion got the better” of him. While it seems like Fabregas has been entertaining us for the longest time, he was adamant that it feels like all that time has gone by in the blink of an eye — quotes from the BBC:

“It feels like it was last week that I started playing professionally — and now it’s over 15 years.

“It is a long time and for the young players that start playing, just a little advice: to enjoy it, every single second, because time flies — it goes so fast.

“The occasion got the better of me. I didn’t expect all of this to happen today. And that’s it.”

Fabregas in tears while applauded off pitch by Stamford Bridge

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Cesc Fabregas is off to Monaco (most likely), though it is yet to be announced formally by Chelsea. He bid adieu to Stamford Bridge in an emotional goodbye on Saturday.

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The Blues beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 in the FA Cup, and Fabregas’ tears were not due to his terrible miss of a penalty kick in the first half.

Fabregas is due to be reunited with former teammate Thierry Henry, now the boss at AS Monaco, and Saturday’s match is most clearly his final game with a London club (at least for now).

The longtime Arsenal man returned to London in 2014, and has claimed two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, and a League Cup. He won another FA Cup and finished as a UEFA Champions League runner-up during his time at Arsenal.

Henry hopeful to land ex-Arsenal teammate Fabregas in January

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Maurizio Sarri has said he’s worried that Cesc Fabregas will leave Chelsea this summer, but might the 31-year-old midfielder depart earlier than that?

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L’Equipe reports that Fabregas could sign with a new team as early as next week, with AS Monaco ready to splash some January cash to reunite the midfielder with former teammate Thierry Henry.

Fabregas spent 2003-07 on the same pitch as Henry, who now manages Monaco. The Ligue 1 outfit is struggling mightily this year, and Henry needs veteran blood to steady his young group.

Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho is also of reported interest to Henry, who signed Lyle Foster of South Africa’s Orlando Pirates to their second team on Wednesday.