Arsenal legend Paul Merson has defended midfielder Cesc Fabregas over his controversial move from the Emirates to Barcelona in 2011.
The Spaniard had spent eight seasons under Arsene Wenger but only had one FA Cup and a community shield to show for his efforts something that is said to have pushed him to leave the North London side.
Fabregas ignited the debate over his move this week when he said that only two of his teammates were on his level when he left England then something that Arsenal fans didn't take lightly.
Merson while defending Fabregas on Sky Sports said: "I can understand the reason why Cesc Fabregas laid out as to why he left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2011.
"I don't know of many players who won't go when Barcelona or Real Madrid come calling. Fabregas is a special case because he left Barcelona as a youngster to Arsenal but he couldn't turn down when they came calling again.
"He was a great servant for Arsenal and I can understand where he was coming from when he spoke about the pressure of winning trophies and the club's lack of recruitment."
Fabregas was to return to England with Chelsea after his Barcelona stint and is currently the books of Monaco in the French Ligue One.