Cesc Fabregas: Why England will miss the Chelsea midfielder off the pitch

Cesc Fabregas has made 501 appearances in English soccer

Adored at Arsenal and liked at Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas has made 501 appearances, scored 79 goals and gained six main trophies in his 12 years in England.

The youngest Arsenal player – and youngest non-Englishman – to attain within the Premier League, he’s certainly one of solely 5 Spaniards to have scored 50 or extra goals within the competitors.

Underrated? Maybe.

As he joins Ligue 1 side Monaco – managed by his former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry – on a three-and-a-half year deal, we take a look at three issues Fabregas has been liked for off the pitch.

‘The Battle of the Buffet’

Sir Alex Ferguson says that day “created a division between myself and Wenger, no doubt”

There’s just one place to start out.

If you are not conscious of ‘Pizzagate’ – in any other case often called the ‘Battle of the Buffet’ – image the scene: Manchester United have just overwhelmed Arsenal 2-Zero at Old Trafford. It’s a end result that ends the Gunners’ 49-match unbeaten run. After the game, players and officials from either side conflict within the tunnel and, as tempers flare, punches will not be the one factor thrown – United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is hit by a bit of flying pizza.

Football’s personal ‘whodunnit’ unfolds over the subsequent 13 years till Fabregas lastly admits he was the culprit.