3. Cesc Fabregas
Then, there was the prodigal son from Barcelona. There will always be mixed feelings about Cesc Fabregas. Always. Arsenal fans may hate him now, for first moving back to Barcelona and now to our local rivals, Chelsea. But, you can’t argue with the ability Fabregas had when he played for Arsenal. Straight into the Arsenal set-up at the mere age of 16 years, he was always a class act. He had so much ability on the ball. He could pick out passes from deep into Arsenal’s midfield or influence Arsenal’s final third with some eye of the needle passes piercing the opposition backline. But, the most unbelievable ability that he had, that made us Arsenal fans absolutely adore him, the reason why we thought so highly of him, was his ability to put the perfect weight on his passes. Each and every one of his passes had precision. Having left his foot, the ball always reached its desired destination.
The season 2007-08 was the one in which Cesc Fabregas had truly arrived. I don’t think Fabregas put a foot wrong that season. Every shot he took, turned to a goal. Every forward pass he made was cheered on by the Arsenal faithful. His on-field relationship with Emmanuel Adebayor was everything Arsenal was about that season. He had memorable games where he single-handedly won it for Arsenal. He was also a fan favorite for his generally amazing form against Tottenham.