Cesc Fabregas leaves Chelsea to join Monaco

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However, a stuttered run-up gave Luke Steele the chance to save his spot-kick.

It has now been confirmed that Cesc Fabregas has completed his move to the Ligue 1 outfit on a permanent deal.

It is an unusual situation for Fabregas to find himself in as he has spent a decade-and-a-half dominating midfields for trophy-chasing sides. He creates goals for fun and only Ryan Giggs has more assists than him in Premier League history.

He joined Chelsea from Barcelona in 2014, having played 303 times for Arsenal between 2003 and 2011.

Arsene Wenger was the true making of Fabregas, helping him to adapt to the professional game and allowing him to flourish in a new city in London. He will also now be playing under his former team-mate and fellow former Arsenal fan-favourite Thierry Henry. The Spaniard repaid his boss's faith by providing an FA Cup and the club's best ever Champions League performance when they finished runners-up in 2006.

He spent almost eight years at Arsenal before returning to his boyhood club in 2011.

The former Gunners midfielder leaves English football after 501 matches.

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Cess joins with Monaco 19th and in grave danger of relegation.

Fabregas puts pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year deal at the Stade Louis II after passing a medical earlier in the day on the Mediterranean coast.

Regarded as an intelligent player with a brilliant ability to pick out passes, Fabregas will go down as one of the great Premier League midfielders of the modern era.

Maurizio Sarri recently stressed that he would only be happy letting Fabregas leave Chelsea if he could sign an adequate replacement, highlighting the Spaniard as his only back-up for Jorginho in the deep-lying playmaker role.

He added: "I'm here to help the team, I'm looking forward to starting".

However, they have won just twice in nine league games since Henry's arrival and now languish in the relegation zone, five points from safety before the weekend's matches.

Batshuayi returned to Chelsea this month after an uninspiring spell at Valencia on loan, scoring just once in La Liga.

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