Cesc Fabregas claims that Arsene Wenger is like his second father and, to be honest, his comments have annoyed me.

Unlike many Gooners, I don’t actually hate Cesc. When he signed for Barcelona, I was upset with the way in which he went about it but ultimately understood his reasoning. When he then went to Chelsea, once again, I was gutted but understood that we’ve got Mesut Ozil. Perhaps we could have made it work, perhaps not but there’s no point dwelling on a man who is no longer a Gunner.

However, his latest comments about Wenger being a father figure and making him a better person have really irked me.

“Arsene Wenger was probably the most important because he gave me the real chance, the chance that everyone needs and everyone wants,” the playmaker said to FourFourTwo.

“After that it’s up to you to prove that they are right, they are wrong, it’s in your hands, but he gave me the chance.

“He took me when I was only 16 – he made me a better player, a better person. I always considered him like a father figure, like a second father.

“The way he treated me it’s not normal nowadays in football because everything is so fast, everyone is so impatient – you need results now.

“And for that Wenger is a special manager and a special person, and without him I wouldn’t be here right now.”

Arsenal’s Spanish player Cesc Fabregas (L) speaks to team manager manager Arsene Wenger during a training session at London Colney, north of London, on 5 August 2011. The English Premiership season begins on August 13, 2011. (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Showing respect to the man who gave you everything is all well and good, but where was this respect when he missed Arsenal’s final game of the season because he wanted to go watch the Formula 1?

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Where was it when he allowed his Spanish compatriots to pull a Barcelona t-shirt over his head when they won the World Cup?

Where was it when he was diving around the pitch against us for Chelsea last season?

Exactly.