Alexander Hleb has become the latest to voice his opinion on the Arsenal captain’s future and has urged Fabregas to stay at the Emirates. The Belarus captain made the move from north London to Barcelona in 2008 and has found life tough at the club. Also, he regrets leaving Arsene Wengers side and believes Fabregas needs to have faith in his club and give them time.
The former Arsenal midfielder revealed that he has kept in contact with Fabregas since leaving the club and the player has asked him for advice on what to do.
“I stay in touch with Cesc a lot and it’s hard for me to judge what he should do.
“He and Gael Clichy are both very good players who must make their own decisions about their future. But I would advise them to stay.”
Hleb also believes that it is just a matter of time before the Gunners end their recent drought of trophies.
“It didn’t work out for Arsenal this season but, if Arsene Wenger keeps the side together, they can really go far next year. They play great football.
“It’s partly a question of experience and next season Arsenal will have more of it if everyone stays.
“All things being equal, I think they have a very good chance of the title next season.”
Hleb makes a fair point on both accounts as there is always an element of risk with a move (Hleb became a bench warmer and has since been shipped out on loan to Stuttgart) and Arsenal are a good side who play in the Champions League regularly, why does Fabregas need to leave now as he has time on his side at just 23-years-old.
With Xavi Hernandez (commonly known as Xavi), Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets currently in the Barcelona midfield setup it is no guarantee that the young Catalan-born player would be an automatic choice for Josep Guardiola’s side. Even big names have found it hard to make an impact at the Camp Nou. Thierry Henry took a little time to find his feet and just ask their big money striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic what sort of year he has been having.
However, Fabregas is ten times better than his former team-mate Hleb and he is also a local talent, so may find it a lot easier to settle in straight away. If Joan Laporta wishes to bring the young midfieler to play for L’equip blaugrana and tpart with the hefty fee that will bring the young Arsenal skipper to the club then they must intend to start him. They may want to pair him up with their current midfield maestro Xavi in the middle of the park and possibly move Iniesta out into a wider role.
We do not know yet how eager Fabregas is to pull on the red and blue stripped shirt of Barca, but perhaps he should adhere to Hleb’s warning as dream moves can easily become a nightmare for many players.
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