When Vic Reeves Big Night Out was screened in the early 90s one of the catch phrases that aided its fame was “You wouldn’t let it lie”. These days however, that phrase would be better suited to the tiresome Cesc Fabregas Barcelona saga, with the Spaniard recently admitting he only stayed at Arsenal before the club left him no choice.
Fabregas said: “Barcelona did all they could to sign me but Arsenal told me I had to stay, that there was no way they were going to let me go. In the end I had to stay and the content of my conversation with Arsene Wenger will remain private.”
True enough, but surely it is time for him to move on – at least until the proposed moves inevitable re-emergence next summer.
The Premier League has been blessed with his talents; his importance to Arsene Wenger’s side is unquestionable and the quest to end a trophy deprived few years would have seemed an all the more daunting prospect without their captain but vain re-iterance of his desires could taint his reputation at the Emirates.
He would perhaps be wiser to focus on the job he is paid lavishly to do at Arsenal as such actions would reap rich dividends for both the individual and Arsenal.
If playing well and free from injury, Fabregas would be an undisputed part of any title charge. Wenger appreciated his early potential, nurturing it until now as he prepares to make Arsenal tick for another season. His burgeoning stamina would be a great asset to any of the world’s great clubs as it means he can ignite an eloquent passing move and subsequently finish it off.
He leads the Frenchman’s Emirates orchestra and Wenger knows the only way to prove he is still committed to the club is on the field of play.
He said: “The best way to show you are committed is that you give your best when you walk on the football pitch and he has always done that. I believe he will grow in authority again for next season. The biggest achievement for him now is to help us win the championship.” said Wenger.
To do this, he must eradicate any regrets about the saga which dragged on all summer and once again lead from the front. I feel he owes this to Arsenal who gave him an opportunity to shine back in 2004-2005 making his dream of playing at the highest level for the Catalan giants a reality in the process. For the 23-year old World Cup winner, there is no better vindication of his abilities to Barcelona than another sensational season at the Emirates which would also pay homage to his mental fortitude.