VIDEO: Fabregas Tells Us What We Know Already

By on May 13, 2010

Fabregas

By Fab4.

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has said he will only leave Arsenal for Barcelona, he is happy at Arsenal and is in no hurry to leave but he wants his future sorted out before the World Cup begins. Que the ‘Cesc to sign for Barca’ hysteria. You will no doubt read a lot of headlines claiming ‘Barca on alert as Fabregas puts Arsenal future in doubt’ and such-like. But the truth is the latest Fabregas interview tells us very little we didn’t know already, it just confirms it.

Here is the quotes from the interview. There is also a short video below but it’s in Spanish.

‘If I decide to leave Arsenal, it will be to wear the shirt of Barcelona. I don’t know when this will happen though. I’m very happy at Arsenal. I’m in no hurry to leave the club,’

‘I want to make a decision about my future before the start of the World Cup. It’s impossible to perform at a tournament like the World Cup if you’re not fully focused on the sporting aspects of the game. I don’t want to be distracted by transfer talk.

‘Barcelona are still playing for the Liga title and I’m still an Arsenal player. It would be a lack of respect to discuss a transfer now. No candidates for the Barcelona presidency have approached me, so I don’t feel used.’

Nothing new really, certainly nothing we didn’t already know. The key points to the Fabregas quotes are these:

  • He will only leave Arsenal for Barcelona. – We knew this already.
  • He is happy at Arsenal. – He has always maintained this, and is unlikely to say otherwise even if he was unhappy.
  • He wants his future sorted before the World Cup. – the same goes for any player. All players re-evaluate their career at the end of every season and every player would rather not be distracted by transfer talk during a World Cup.

I wrote a piece on how i think we should use the money if Fabregas did leave this summer and got a bit of a hammering for it. Some fans saying i shouldn’t be writing about Fabregas leaving as he will stay at Arsenal, how dare i suggest our captain will leave us, who says he’ll go to Barca, why not Real Madrid, etc. It seems that I, unlike some Arsenal fans, have already come to terms with the fact that Cesc WILL leave us one day for Barcelona. It’s inevitable and Cesc himself has said on several occasions he will return their one day. The only question left is when.

Some Gooners will worry that he is even questioning where his future lies for next season, but this is natural. He has said the same thing at the end of the season for 2-3 years now. This latest statement doesn’t mean he is more likely to leave this summer than any other in recent years. Cesc will be interviewed several times over the coming weeks and will no doubt have to discuss his future on each and every occasion. The Cesc-to-Barca stories wont disappear until the day it eventually happens, the same happened with Henry, so we should just sit back, ignore the headlines and enjoy Fabregas being an Arsenal player while it lasts.

I personally think he will stay at least one more season. This is an important summer for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger and i think Cesc will give Wenger the chance to get it right. Basically if Fabregas is still playing with Silvestre and Fabianski next season, expect to see him in a Barca shirt this time next year!

Here is the video of some of the interview. If you know Spanish, knock yourself out!

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10 Comments

  1. Michael

    May 13, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    hello mate,nice post,i have to agree with you that I have thought about the situation if he did leave us,I think that if he lives us this year we will definetly get good money for him and probably toure in with the deal but i think this season is make or break for us.This is the way I can see it going and let me know what u think.If he stays and wenger stenthens the squad in the places we really need it and possibly win a major trophy next season then a few things will happen,wenger will stay,fabregas will probably stay and the squad in general will be happy.if next season will end the way it has this season expect fabregas to leave and possibly wenger and then if he does then many might follow and arsenal will be facing a mini crisis.I think ramsey will be cesc’s natural replacement and we all think that he will be world class so if cesc stays and allows ramsey to learn from him for one more year i think we will be better off.At the end of the day,cesc wants to win trophies.if he truley beleives he can do that at arsenal i think he will stay.Im wondering what every1 else thinks about this possible situation.

    • Fab4

      May 13, 2010 at 3:12 pm

      Hi Michael – I agree this is a massive summer that will influence Arsenal’s future a lot. Everyone is waiting to see if Wenger brings in the right players we all now we need to win a trophy next season. Even RVP was saying we need to strengthen the spine of the side.

      A few key players and we will have a great chance next year, but if we only get Chamakh plus a central defender i dont think that will be enough to turn our squad into title winners, and it could be trouble next summer. Like you said, Fabregas will probably go and a few others will think about it, but it would be interesting to see what Arsene will do if we dont win something next year as his contract runs out. Plus, will the fans want him to stay on if we do make it 6 years without a trophy? Im not sure.

  2. Fabgooner

    May 13, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    “It seems that I, unlike some Arsenal fans, have already come to terms with the fact that Cesc WILL leave us one day for Barcelona. It’s inevitable and Cesc himself has said on several occasions he will return their one day. The only question left is when.”

    It seems that you, like thousands of other gooners, have fallen to the tricks of the Spanish media. There’s a good chance that he’ll want to play for Barca before he retires, but he’s 23 right now, on the brink of huge success as a club he loves. If he will go, he will go when he’s 30ish.

    And really, ask yourself: Why would Barca spend around 60M to *slightly* improve their midfield? If hegoes, then Xavi and Cesc will no doubt be a fearsome combination, and probably a bit better than Iniesta and Xavi, but then Iniesta will have to play on the wing, and that would block promising talents like Bojan and Pedro. Barca will try to buy him when Xavi gets 32/32.

    The object of the press campaign is to get it settled in everyone’s mind that Cesc will leave someday, including Cesc. There’s no reason at all to think that he will go this summer. It makes no sense for Barca, no sense for him (competing with Xavi and Iniesta, spending more time on the bench, giving up on Arsenal, a club he loves at the brink of unparalleled success) and no sense for Arsenal.

    Please, get it out of your system that he will leave soon.

    • Fab4

      May 13, 2010 at 3:33 pm

      Fabgooner – You clearly haven’t read the article very carefully. I haven’t fallen for any Spanish media stunt, i have read and listened to the words Fabregas himself has said. I am aware that Cesc has said he wants to win a trophy at Arsenal to repay the faith Arsene and the fans have shown in him, and thats great. And why i think, like i said, he will stay at least one more season and give Wenger a chance to sign the players we need in order to win things again.

      But if you honestly think Cesc will be at Arsenal until he’s 30ish, you need locked up mate. He came here at 16, that would be 14 years! Seriously. Xavi is not going to carry on forever. He’s over 30 now so the natural thing would be for Cesc to REPLACE him at Barca, not compete with him for a place. Thats why i think he’ll go either next year or a maximum of 3 years.

  3. Tim

    May 13, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Mate,

    I’m one of the people who had issues with your article yesterday; not because you think Cesc will one day leave but because of the suggestion that Arsenal could somehow be stronger if he did. Those are two entirely different opinions.

    I, too, agree with you that Cesc will one day leave us for Barca. I certainly will have no hard feelings towards him when he does, for if I was a youngster in the Arsenal youth system and a great club like Barca came along offering me a place in the first team along with a huge pay raise I would move too. And despite how great of a club Barca is I would always want to return to Arsenal one day.

    So I’m with you there, it makes perfect sense that he should go back one day. It’s the suggestion that replacing Cesc with 4 players who aren’t of his quality would make the team stronger that I have a problem with. He’s one of those players you just can’t replace; the entire team is built around him and as he goes we go.

    Thankfully, at least in my opinion, he won’t be going anytime soon.

    Here’s a few reasons why:

    He’s a true professional with great ambition, and I would bet just about anything that he won’t leave before he brings the club some true glory and etches his name into the Arsenal history books as an all time legend. It’s not a stretch at all to say that with a little strengthening this team, if it can stay healthy, can win the Champions League in the very near future.

    Captaining a side of which you are the undoubted leader to its first European trophy is an entirely different entity than winning it while being just one of the gang like he would be at Barca.

    It has now become the general consensus that he is arguably the best midfielder in the best league in the world. He is far and away the most popular player at Arsenal and I don’t think he will want to give that up. Ask Thierry Henry how it feels to go from being a man who literally walks on water to being just another guy in the team. Sure, Henry won the CL with Barca which was a great accomplishment but time was running out for him to do so. Cesc has nothing but time. He hasn’t even hit his prime yet.
    Besides, if you were to ask Thierry if he would’ve rather won the CL with Barca or led Arsenal to the trophy and been the first one to hoist it in the air, what do you think his reply would be?

    Which brings me to my next point. Cesc is still very young and while he might have a slightly shorter career than some because of the early wear and tear he put on his body by playing in the prem since he was 16, he’s still got a lot of football left in him. La Liga is contested at a much more pedestrian pace than the Prem, so even if Cesc’s body lets him down a little down the road he will still be able to perform at the highest level in Spain because of his vision and accuracy. His game is based on those things, not his athleticism. There’s no reason he shouldn’t be able to boss a midfield well into his thirties.

    Which brings me to my next point. I truly think he loves the combativeness of the Prem. I equally believe that LaLiga would bore his socks off at this point in his career. Let’s be honest here, despite his size and stature, who acted as Arsenal’s hard man for most of the season? He absolutely loves to get stuck in and doesn’t back down from anyone. For me, it’s down to him and his never back down attitude that we were able to go up north and get some great results at places where we haven’t historically had success.

    Which brings me to my last point. Arsene Wenger is Cesc Fabregas’ footballing father. He has nurtured him since he was 15 and showed an unbelievable amount of faith in him to play him from such an age. By all accounts, Cesc feels indebted to Wenger and feels he must repay that faith. AW’s vision of competing with the likes of Chelsea without getting involved in silly spending is intertwined with the arrival of Cesc, the true beginning of the youth movement. I believe that the two of them see it as if they are in it together, and all quotes from Cesc regarding his future at Arsenal have always suggested that as long as AW is here he will be here.

    So I look at it like this:

    Cesc will one day move to Barca and rightfully so, but he will do so after having led Arsenal to it’s first European Cup. If his heart was set on a move to Barca in the near future, I don’t think he would’ve had so much adrenaline running through his body that he took a penalty against them without even realising he had a broken leg.

    I think his priority is to repay the faith of AW and the Arsenal fanbase while simultaneously cementing his place in English football folklore. Every word that has ever come out of his mouth has suggested the same. He might not stay here until he’s 30, but I expect at least a few more years out of him, as well as a few trophies.

    • Fab4

      May 13, 2010 at 8:01 pm

      Tim, Thanks for your comment. If you read what i put, i actually said that i think Arsenal’s SQUAD would be stronger if we replaced cesc with those 4 players, and it would, no doubt about it. Arsenal’s strongest 11 would win the league, but as we found out this year, league’s aren’t won with 11 players there won with squads. Strengthening the goalkeeper, defense and defensive midfield would out-weight the loss of Fabregas in terms of squad strength.

      Concerning why you think cesc will stay, i agree with most of it and i hope your right! Would you like to have your points published as an article on the website?

      • Tim

        May 14, 2010 at 3:00 pm

        No problem Fab always willing to engage in some good Arsenal related conversation. Feel free to do whatever you like with my post, if that’s what your asking.

        • Fab4

          May 14, 2010 at 3:43 pm

          Hi Tim, I just thought you had some decent points as to why Fabregas would remain at Arsenal so i could pass your comment’s on the admin team and they might publish them as an article. Just an idea, you interested?

  4. Pat

    May 13, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Its great to actually see what he actually said. I lived on Spain for many years so understood what he said, and the crowd were shocked when he said YES I want to join Barcelona, He has all his mates there, etc, etc. But he then he said i WANT to join Barca, but at the moment it is I WOULD LIKE (as in the future)
    Anyway, he’s opened a can of worms!

  5. Tim

    May 14, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Feel free.

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