The Spaniard has played a part in a vast array of successes for club and country, lifting the FA Cup with Arsenal, two Premier League titles with Chelsea and numerous honours with Chelsea.
He was also a part of the Spain side that lifted the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championships in 2008 and 2012, where Los Rojas’ period of dominance brought an end to years of disappointment for the national side.
However, when asked to select the best match he has played in during his career, he overlooked all those successes and instead identified a memorable Arsenal match.
“When I was at Arsenal and we beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Champions League at the Emirates in 2011. I think we played sensationally in that game,” he told the BBC’s Match of the Day top 10 podcast.
“Obviously I am talking about the game because after that we lost at the Camp Nou and didn’t go through but, in terms of that night, when you ask me about the favourite game, probably that one. “
In that match, David Villa gave the Catalan side a first-half lead but two late goals in five minutes from Robin van Persie and Andriy Arshavin turned the match on its head.