Cesc Fabregas names his all-time Arsenal and Chelsea combined XI and makes Eden Hazard admission

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Cesc Fabregas has named his combined Arsenal and Chelsea team.

Fabregas, who controversially moved to Chelsea in 2014 despite his eight-year affiliation with Arsenal, had the challenge of naming his all-time combined XI from players he played alongside at both clubs.

The Spanish midfielder enjoyed the greater success in west London, having won two Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge.

But the former Barcelona star was club captain at Arsenal and won plenty of plaudits for his outstanding seasons under Arsene Wenger.

Speaking to BT Sport, here’s what the Monaco midfielder had to say.

Thibaut Courtois

“We won the Premier League and the cup in my first year. He was fantastic, he was great. Obviously Jens Lehmann was the goalkeeper of the Invincibles, he was also fantastic, but I will go for Courtois.”

Branislav Ivanovic

“He was fantastic, he was a warrior. I was very impressed by him in my first year, his personality, fantastic guy but a proper warrior. I could have picked Bacary and Lauren but Ivanovic could play anywhere and deliver.”

Gael Clichy

“He helped me a lot when I was little, we both came at the same time. For me, his dedication, he was playing, he was not playing, he was a team man. We had similar careers at Arsenal and Manchester City, playing with each other and competing against each other, so he’s someone I respect a lot.”

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John Terry and Sol Campbell

“You have everything in there, especially the leadership and experience these two guys have. I don’t think I could have picked much better than that, to be fair.”

Patrick Vieira

“Patrick was such a role model for me. He’s seen as a bit of a defensive midfielder, but his technical ability was very underrated. He’s one of the players I learned the most about.”

Eden Hazard

“If I was a manager, I’d never play him in that position (number eight), but I put him there because he has to be in my team. I love Eden, such a talent. He’s one of these players that, him and Gerard Pique have a feeling that they don’t really care and then they perform at such a high level all of a sudden. I believe Eden is one of the most talented players I’ve played with.”

Alexander Hleb

“He was different class, I loved playing with him. He always wants the ball, you give him a melon, like we say in Spain, and he will control it in tight spaces, give it back. He was always looking for me.”

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Robin van Persie

“He was magical. He was a fantastic goal scorer, he scored some fantastic goals, some of the best goals I’ve seen being on a football pitch. Again, he was very intelligent, he knows when to be calm, he can pick the last pass, he can attack behind the defenders. He was not the fastest, but the timing of his run was fantastic. The year I left, the season of his life – he scored like 30 or 35 goals, I was like: ‘Oh, come on, man.'”

Thierry Henry

“Probably in the best three players I’ve ever played with. Sensational, wins you titles, wins you games, scores over 25 goals a season. He’s got everything: technical ability, vision, character, he runs in the space, finishing. Absolutely everything.”

Diego Costa

“I definitely could have picked so much, from Dennis Bergkamp, Didier Drogba, but I go with Diego Costa. We had a special relationship. Sometimes I wouldn’t even have to look at him and he knew what I was going to do. As well, the timing of his run, the leadership, character, he always motivates the team.”

Source by Football London

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