Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona was the most drawn-out transfer saga in recent memory. After months of speculation, it finally came to an end after Fabregas passed a medical and signed off on his new contract with his youth club.
He was officially unveiled to the public not long after he signed off on the deal worth a potential £35 million. He was met at by thousands of chanting fans at the Nou Camp.
The Spanish midfielder nervously juggled in front of the crowd whilst an army of photographers captured the moment. During his time on the pitch, he also joked around with the media, waved at countless fans and kicked a number of balls into the crowd.
Clearly delighted with the reception he received, Fabregas took to the microphone, thanking his fans before repeatedly kissing his new emblem.
Fabregas has been given the No. 4 jersey, the same number he wore at Arsenal. Although he only spent five minutes out on the pitch, Fabregas has already proved to be a hit with the Barcelona fans.
However, back in London, he is somewhat been portrayed as a villain for leaving Arsenal. Many have questioned his loyalty to a club that has given him so much. Others claim that Fabregas is giving away his career by moving to Barcelona, where he is expected not to be a regular starter in his first few seasons at the club.
Arsene Wenger, however, has not criticised Fabregas for his choice to leave the club, respecting his decision by saying, "We lost a world-class player and we are sad about it...We did try to keep him, but in the end, you have as well to respect the desire of the player."