However, this season has seen a transformation in fortune and Arsenal could go top of the Premier League tonight if they beat Bolton.
Related ArticlesWenger to delay striker signing decisionSenderos hopeful over Celtic loan dealOwen Coyle still interested in Jack WilshereArsenal eye move for Sergio CanalesTheo Walcott eyeing return against BoltonHungry Arsenal revel in turnaroundFabregas has been instrumental in his team's resurgence, scoring 10 Premier League goals and 13 in all competitions.
The Spain international told Champions magazine: 'I was really down last season. I couldn't enjoy anything, everything was negative. I lost that passion for the game and was happier closed off at home. It's a very odd feeling.
'To be ruled out for four months through injury was the worst period of my career, but I learned a great deal from that experience.
'I deal with things very differently now. After a game it used to take me hours to pick myself up, three hours or so to deal with a defeat. Nobody could talk to me. But now, just half an hour.
'Maybe the next day you walk around with a bit of a long face, but you've just got to look ahead and be positive.
'I don't internalise now. I've got other things to distract me - my family, girlfriend, friends. I deal with criticism very differently now, whether it's something I read in the press or hear from fans.
'Before my injury, I took it all far too personally. Now I just think, well, what are you going to do? I don't allow it to get to me."
And Fabregas has also insisted he will not be leaving the Emirates any time soon, despite constant speculation linking him with moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid.
He said: "You can never say never, but I feel grateful, wanted, comfortable and important at Arsenal. Some people will never understand if I ever leave, but you have to feel comfortable with yourself.
"I've given my all for Arsenal. I've played when I've felt ill, and through injury. I even played in the Champions League a few hours after my grandfather died. I'm proud to be a part of this club, and I'll always be proud of what I've done."