Arsenal legend Cesc Fabregas says Jorginho is biggest reason he left Chelsea

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    Arsenal legend Cesc Fabregas made the tough decision to leave Chelsea because of current Gunners player Jorginho.

    Fabregas' departure for Barcelona over a decade ago still stirs mixed feelings among Arsenal supporters. While most fans understood his move to Camp Nou, it was his subsequent transfer to Chelsea, Arsenal's fierce London rivals, that really ruffled feathers.

    It's thought that Arsenal had first dibs on Fabregas when he left Barcelona, suggesting that perhaps the fans' frustration should have been directed at Arsene Wenger rather than Fabregas himself. Despite the controversy, Fabregas' stint at Stamford Bridge saw him achieve what he couldn't at Arsenal – two Premier League titles and a League Cup, a sight that was hard to swallow for the red half of north London.

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    But Arsenal fans might find some solace in the fact that Jorginho was the reason behind Fabregas' exit from Chelsea. The Brazilian, who joined Arsenal from Chelsea in January 2023, had a five-year stint in west London and his arrival at Chelsea in 2018 marked the end of Fabregas' time there.

    "One of the biggest reasons I left Chelsea is because of him [Jorginho]," Fabregas, now 36, confessed to the BBC in 2021. "He's a very smart player, intelligent, a very good passer of the ball. The only thing I can say about him sometimes is he releases the ball too quickly when he can play forward.

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    "He makes the team tick. At Chelsea, he has N'Golo Kante protecting him all the time, and I know that's a big thing, I don't know here how he will cope with a big, big game at the Euros. He's a really good player and tactically, he knows what to do because of the coach's methodology, it helps him a lot."

    Jorginho's move to Arsenal received mixed reactions from the Emirates crowd, but he has positively impacted the team both on and off the field since his arrival. His ability to control the game from midfield has proven invaluable to the Gunners.

    The lowest point of his Arsenal career so far was undoubtedly in this season's first north London derby. Jorginho's blunder handed Tottenham their equaliser in the 2-2 draw last month.

    However, he bounced back with a stellar performance against title rivals Manchester City and now his focus shifts to the match at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea this evening. It marks Jorginho's first return to his old haunt since his departure.

    Despite bagging both a Champions League and Europa League with the Blues, Jorginho isn't universally adored among the Chelsea fans. His reception upon his return will be intriguing, but from Jorginho's viewpoint – he'll be aiming to display all the qualities Fabregas pointed out.

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