Cesc Fabregas – A FINAL VIEW

It has shaped up to be, and probably is, one of the most talked about transfer sagas this summer…will Cesc Fabregas actually be leaving Arsenal in favour of Barcelona? Or will the Spaniard remain the Gunners captain for the forthcoming season?

As a Gooner through and through, it’s absolutely appalling to see, and read in the national papers the way the Catalan club have gone about tapping up our star man. Fabregas seemed fine last season before Barca came knocking on the door which has visibly unsettled Cesc this summer.

I’m not saying it’s all Barcelona’s fault because frankly it isn’t. As our captain, Fabregas should have clearly stated from the start of these allegations if he wanted to stay or leave…it appears he has done neither, which has left a number of Arsenal fans biting their nails in anticipation until he does.

There is no denying that Cesc Fabregas is one of Arsenal’s best players, and clearly one of the best in his position at present. However, if the rumours are true that he has been telling his Spanish team-mates this summer about wanting out of the Emirates, do we really want him wearing our beloved Arsenal jersey for the upcoming season?

Don’t get me wrong, I love the guy’s style, flair and movement on the pitch, I have even ditched my regular left-back slot when I play football just to imitate him in the middle of the park, but if he is not committed to the club, then ultimately it would be best if the midfielder does leave this summer. There is no point of keeping any player at a club if his heart is not 100% devoted to the cause.

I for one am very disappointed with Fabregas’ involvement in this whole saga. It frustrates me as a fan to see one of your best players linked with a massive club, yet the player keeps quiet about it, why? We’ve had these types of scenarios many times in the past with other top players like Patrick Vieira and Marc Overmars wanting out, and to see it happen again is awful.

Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique has recently come out of his busy schedule in South Africa to stir the pot even more by claiming that the Arsenal midfielder desires a move to his native country. As reported in the Telegraph earlier this week, the 23-year-old said on the matter:

“I have known that Cesc wanted to join Barcelona for many years – but now it is more than about wanting to do it. Now it is something he feels he must do. The World Cup has not been a good thing for Arsenal. It has meant that he has been spending every day with myself, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Victor Valdes – and he has made his feelings very clear to us. He is keeping his mind focused on Spain but his heart is in Barcelona. I think already in his heart he is wearing a Barcelona shirt next season.”

Contributions like this do not help the matter and further complicates the issue. Reading Pique’s statement has saddened me a little, yet I won’t believe a word to be true unless it comes straight from the horse’s mouth.

I would love to see Cesc develop his superb talent even further at the Emirates, as he is on course to be the best midfielder in the world in my view. However, with all that’s happened and being said by both parties’ in the past few months, I would question the commitment of the player if he in fact stays.

Barcelona will not meet Arsenal’s asking price of £50 million for Fabregas, as the Spanish champions have stated they will not go over the £40 million mark. If these reports are correct then it does look like a deal will not be met, and as a result, Fabregas will stay for at least another season at the Emirates. However, even if Wenger wants his talisman to remain in North London, the Frenchman cannot and should not keep Cesc at the club if the midfielder does in fact desire a move to his boyhood club this summer. If Cesc wants to leave then Wenger and the Arsenal faithful should not begrudge his inclination, and wish the player all the best in the future, end of.

Arsenal fans will want this chronicle to come to an end one way or another this summer, as it has certainly taken its toll on everybody concerned within the club. Whatever the outcome of this saga involving Cesc Fabregas, Barcelona must respect Arsenal’s decision. In my opinion, the quicker the issue is resolved the better it would be for both clubs involved.


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