The Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has made it plain that he wants to return to his “home” of Barcelona this season, but Arsene Wenger refuses to listen to offers for a player that signed a bumper five year contract last year. Here are a few of Cesc’s comments this summer:
Cesc May 13th: “I want to make a decision about my future before the World Cup,” Fabregas said. “If I decide to leave Arsenal it will be to wear the shirt of Barcelona. I am very happy at Arsenal and I’m in no hurry to leave the club.”
Fabregas Snr May 25th: “I don’t know how it will end but I believe that the decision made by the player needs to be respected,” Fabregas Snr said. “Cesc has never let Arsène Wenger down in terms of the way he has worked for the team. We are also grateful to Arsenal for turning our boy into a man, but we just want it sorted out quickly. At the moment he has a contract with Arsenal. I get the feeling they don’t want to sell him but that they will give in eventually.”
Cesc July 16th: “I want to enjoy my holidays and I don’t want to talk about Barcelona at this moment. I make no apologies for the comments I have made in the past. I have expressed my interest in returning and I stand by that, as that is my personal wish.”
Added to that is the fact that every single Barcelona and Spain player has said that Fabregas only wants to play at the Camp Nou next season. Everything points to his desire to leave Arsenal, and even yesterday when he said how much he loved Wenger and Arsenal he also had to emphasise that he was a Barcelona fan through and through. He said: “I’m a Barca fan, I’m a socio (club member), as is my grandfather, my uncle, my cousin… I have felt the colours from a young age, I’m Catalan,”
“However, I’m the captain of Arsenal, I’m a Gunner, and I have become a player there and matured as a person.”
“Wenger is a second father for me, the most important person in my life after my father,” he added. “He has behaved really well with me and taken me in like a son. I am part of his family.”
As an example of his Spanish team-mates comments i only have to add Carlos Puyol’s words this morning: “He is having to stay at a club where he no longer wants to be for another year,” he said. “I wonder how intelligent it is keeping a player who doesn’t want to be there.”
It is like Fabregas is a puppet, but there are two sets of hands above him pulling the strings, but who can hang on the longest?
But to return to my original question: If Fabregas does stay (and it is still a big IF), can the Gunners fans forgive and forget and support him as lovingly as they did last season? I am really keen to find out whether Gooners are comfortable with the fact that Fabregas could just carry on as normal, or if he will get some abuse when he returns?
To add a little interest (and hopefully some humour!) to the answers. I am going to be giving away an Arsenal 2009/2010 Season Review DVD to the 25th comment in this thread (on the website, not Facebook). But it MUST include the words “Just Arsenal Rules” in the comment somewhere, or it goes on to the 26th comment, etc…….
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