Cesc Fabregas has claimed the return to his former London home left him "very happy" after Chelsea beat his ex-side Arsenal in a 2-0 win on Sunday 5 October.

Having being a key feature in the north London club from 2003 to 2011, while also leading as Arsenal's captain, the Spanish midfielder faced his former club for the first time since his summer move to Stamford Bridge, with some Gunners supporters handing him a hostile reception.

Fabregas dealt with the pressure and had another great performance in the London derby, orchestrating the Blues' victory from the midfield. He was named man of the match following his assist to Diego Costa, who scored the game's second goal.

"As a team we were solid and comfortable with the ball. We had difficult moments during the game but we solved them well. We wanted six points out of these two games at home and we did it so we can go home very happy," Fabregas said to Chelsea's official website.

"Obviously Diego is a great striker, he can hold the line and he is a very important player, but we all played our part."

After playing in attacking positions and even as a false nine during his spell at Barcelona, the Spaniard has featured in a deeper role under Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Fabregas even swapped the holding role with Nemanja Matic during a number of occasions against Arsenal, shaping the game from the back line.

"I haven't played there since my Arsenal years, since 2008/09, so for me to go back deep and experience again this position [this season] took me a while. I was always pressing the ball and going forward because this is the Barcelona way and they always want you to press high," he said.

"Some times I was leaving many holes behind me but I had to change that. Man City was the first game when I did it a little bit better and the last couple of games I am getting used to it and feeling more comfortable. Matic is a really great football player, defensively with the ball I am very impressed by him and hopefully we will grow up together more and more."

Mourinho praised Fabregas' performance, claiming he has been doing well since the beginning of the season.

"He was fantastic. It wasn't because the opponent was Arsenal he produced this performance. He has been doing this since day one. I don't remember a game this season where he was not fantastic," Mourinho said.

"Cesc was again very special and it shows the professional he is. To play against the team where he was made to play football shows his commitment to us."