Cesc Fabregas has left Arsenal for Barcelona

  • 15 August 2011
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After months of rumours Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has finally become a Barcelona player.

Arsenal agreed a deal with the European champions, worth a rumoured £35million, over the weekend.

And on Monday, Fabregas signed a five-year deal to return to the club he left as a 16-year-old in 2003.

Since then, Fabregas has played more than 300 games for Arsenal, scoring 57 goals.

Fabregas on Wenger

Speaking at a press conference in Barcelona Fabregas paid tribute to Arsene Wenger describing him as like a "second father".

"I've waited a long time for this moment. It's a very special day. I'm returning home after eight years," said Fabregas.

"I'm grateful to everyone who have helped make today is one of the happiest days of my life. I hope to give my best to the club and that nobody regrets my signing."

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Back in London his former boss Arsene Wenger said he did not want him to go but wished him well.

"We understand Cesc's desire to move to his home-town club and have now accepted an offer from Barcelona," he said.

"We thank Cesc for his contribution at Arsenal and wish him future success."