Regular visitors to the Emirates stadium may have noticed that a big piece of Cesc Fabregas was still kept in north London despite the Spaniard’s exit in the summer of 2011.

The Ken Friar bridge – which leads to Arsenal’s home ground – always featured a tall banner of the Gunners’ former skipper in honour of his services for the club during his time in the red and white shirt.

But that appreciation of Cesc Fabregas came to an end this morning after Arsenal officials decided to take the banner down, less than a month following the midfielder’s transfer to local rivals Chelsea.

There have been suggestions that Arsenal were reacting to numerous complaints from fans who felt that Jose Mourinho’s new signing did not deserve to be glorified at his old club.

Here was the banner before its removal…

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