Arsenal fans yearn for the return of Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas learned his trade at Arsenal before becoming a regular member of the first team across an eight-year spell.

In 2011, the Spaniard returned to Barcelona, where he won six trophies including the La Liga title during a three-year spell.

Controversially in 2014, the midfielder joined Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea and has gone on to win two Premier League crowns and the League Cup.

Fabregas scooped just one trophy – the FA Cup – during his time with the Gunners, but he was an influential figure and captained the side at the age of 21.

Understandably, plenty of Arsenal fans were hurt by the midfielder’s decision to join Chelsea, and some have still not come to terms with it.

Under Blues boss Antonio Conte last year, questions arose over Fabregas’s future as he was not a regular member of the first team.

This season, though, the 31-year-old – valued at £31.5m by Transfermarkt – has made 44 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals and creating five assists.

On Reddit, an Arsenal fan opened a discussion about Fabregas’s captaincy at the North London club, and others expressed their sadness that he was no longer part of the fold.