The ex-Spain worldwide went on to feature in 303 games across all competitions for the Gunners, becoming a favourite among supporters for his exceptional passing range, fierce passion and combative style in the middle of the park.
Cesc Fabregas has opened up on his departure from Arsenal and says the pressure of captaining the club to silverware left him feeling physically and mentally "drained".
"I was the captain, I always felt so much pressure on myself", said Fabregas. I provided whatever. Sometimes, I made use of to go residence after we shed and also I made use of to weep.
The 32-year-old midfielder has now revealed that his decision to sign for Chelsea FC was a hard one but he ended up being convinced to sign for the Blues after a meeting with then-Blues boss Mourinho. "I needed to lead this group to win something".
I spent sleepless nights suffering. And after that you shed a video game, you're in the bus similar to this, ruined, and afterwards you listen to some gamers chuckling, thinking of where they will certainly be heading out later on. We were playing attractive football and I enjoyed that side of things but I was putting pressure on myself to lead, to do everything and at one point I felt kind of lonely.
"Especially in the last two or three years, I felt Robin and Samir were the only players its not an arrogant thing to say, its how I felt at that time I felt they were the players who were at my level mentally and technically".
Fabregas left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2011 after eight successful seasons, but struggled to establish himself back home with Xavi, Andrés Iniesta and Sergio Busquets ahead of him in the pecking order.
"A couple of times like that I was frustrated at the lack of push, that it's so close - the player is dying to come, it's so easy to make this deal".
Fabregas now plies his trade in Ligue 1 with Monaco, after having left Stamford Bridge to sign for the French club in January a year ago.
The match was also Thierry Henry's last game for Arsenal as he moved to Barcelona the following season where he won the La Liga title and also the Champions League he failed to win in London.