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Cesc Fabregas would return to Arsenal – but only in a coaching capacity.
Fabregas left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2014 after an eight-year spell with the Gunners.
He made over 300 appearances for the North London club and won the FA Cup in 2005 – and finished as a Champions League runner-up the year later.
The Spanish midfielder joined current club Chelsea in 2014 but hinted that he is already considering what to do once his playing days are over.
Fabregas was hosting a live Q&A on Twitter when one follower asked: “Would you return to Arsenal as a coach in the future if you had the opportunity?”
The 30-year-old gave a brief but decisive answer, replying: “Of course.”
The year was 2004 and Manchester United had just beaten Arsenal 2-0 to end an incredible run of 49 games unbeaten for Arsene Wenger’s team.
The defeat sparked heated altercations at the final whistle which famously continued in the tunnel.
Even more famously, in the midst of all the pushing, shoving and punches, one of football’s most famous names ended up with a face full of pizza.
Fabregas has finally stepped forward and confirmed he was the man who threw pizza at Sir Alex Feguson in an incident which became one of the most widely talked about events in world football.
In his autobiography, Ashley Cole described the events: “All eyes turned and all mouths gawped to see this pizza slip off that famous puce face and roll down his nice black suit.”
Ferguson later said: “They say it was Cesc Fabregas who threw the pizza at me but, to this day, I have no idea who the culprit is.”
Martin Keown seemed to further confirm this, saying: “As I said on the radio a few years ago, from what I understand it was a Spanish fella with great technique. Even when it came to the pizza he had great technique. He threw it like a Frisbee.”
For years it was speculated the Spaniard was behind Pizza-gate, and the 30-year-old finally put those rumours to bed on A League of their Own.
Host James Corden asked Fabregas: “Can we finally put the case of the flying pizza to bed once and for all? Were you the culprit that thew the pizza?”
“Yes”, replied Fabregas. “Martin Keown is a liar because I saw him in front of me just, like, punching people so he didn’t see anything.
“All of a sudden, I heard noises and I thought what’s happening? So I go out with my slice of pizza and I saw Sol Campbell, Rio Ferdinand, Martin Keown… everyone pushing each other.