For the previous two summers, questions have been asked about the future of Francesc Fabregas at Arsenal. Will he leave or will he stay at Arsenal? It’s a question that has been on on many peoples lips.
Fabregas, its been well documented already, was product of the Barcelona youth academy before joining Arsenal as a 16-year-old in 2003 with Giovanni Van Bronckhorst going the other way as part of the deal. Many have questioned the reason Fabregas decided to leave Barcelona at the start of his career, anyway. The answer is – the lack of opportunities he’d have been given had he stayed. Would he have got ahead of Xavi, who was just reaching his prime at the age of 24 when Fabregas, Arsenal’s youngest debutant, first broke into the Arsenal side after Patrick Vieira left for Juventus in 2005.
You can answer that For yourself but in my opinion, I believe the answer to that is – no. Although Cesc joined Arsenal in 2003, it was a time when arsenal were, arguably, a better side than Barcelona with world-class talent in abundance. Players such as: Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Ashley Cole were all rated very highly. As for Fabregas, Arsène Wenger saw him as the future of Arsenal Football Club, with him at the forefront and Wenger building a side around him, winning trophies was a very real prospect.
Cesc Fabregas is a product of Barcelona’s famous La Masia which has produced players such as: Puyol, Xavi and Lionel Messi. A few Barca players haven’t been shy recently, claiming Fabregas has Barcelona DNA. However, Let’s look at the facts. Arsenal have been key to the reason why Fabregas is renowned as one of the best midfielders in world football today, in fact, even though Cesc had a forgetful 2010/11 campaign, he still had the highest amount of assists in Europe. Facts like that prove that Arsenal is the club where he has flourished and, as he has said many times before, loves. So why don’t people claim he has Arsenal DNA (don’t say it’s because he was born in Barcelona)?
The way Barcelona started their pursuit of Francesc Fabregas was with no respect to Arsenal whatsoever. They tapped Cesc up with players from Barcelona claiming he wanted to leave the London club and that Arsenal were forcing him to stay against his will. Do Barcelona feel that because they are Kings of Europe, they don’t have to abide by the rules? Rightly so, Arsenal considered reporting Barcelona to FIFA.
Arsene Wenger made Fabregas captain of Arsenal following the drama of William Gallas – that’s another story in itself. Wenger built a team around Cesc, but in that time, we haven’t won a trophy for six years – have you heard about that?!
Cesc has shown a lot of professionalism towards Arsenal in the last six years, especially considering he hasn’t gone public like: Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez and Luka Modric have done.
After the World Cup in South Africa, which Fabregas’ Spain won, the Barcelona rumours started, again. Many thought the case was closed with it being announced that Barcelona were in a massive amount of debt meaning they couldn’t afford Fabregas. Their main target was thought to be Alexis Sanchez, who they have now signed, which could have meant no apparent funds left to spend on Fabregas. But, apparently, that isn’t the case.
Barcelona have received a large amount of money by their first ever sponsors – the Qatar Foundation meaning they can afford to buy Cesc Fabregas. Developments have started over past couple of days with Pep Guardiola announcing that Barcelona had made an offer to Arsenal with a ‘decision deadline’ set for August 31st.
Barcelona have claimed that Cesc is their main priority and that they’ll fight till the end to bring Cesc ‘back home’ to Catalonia. They’ve also said they need a striker – can’t they just make their mind up?!
If Cesc Fabregas leaves Arsenal, it’ll not be the end, but instead, be a new beginning for The Gunners. When Thierry Henry left for Barcelona in 2007, many said Arsenal wouldn’t be able to cope, but they in fact challenged on most fronts and almost won the league. Arguably, we would have claimed the title had it not been for the unfortunate leg break of Eduardo which, apparently, affected the motivation of the team.
It’s a bit of a cliche, but no player is bigger than the club. A club will always be there even if one of its main figures departs. I say, good luck to Cesc Fabregas if he decides to return to Barcelona this summer, he has been a loyal and dedicated captain for the club but essentially, we can cope without him. One player doesn’t stop a club from moving forward, unless he is replaced.
By Ololade Esuruoso – Arsenal fan – @OllieHPP