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Why Fabregas should not move to Barca


By Guest Writer Basil James.

As the media, pundits and the average football fan assesses, dissects and examines the latest statements from Cesc Fabregas about moving to Barcelona (or staying at Arsenal as some would like to put it) the thing is still, to all intents and purposes, very much in the balance. Will he or will he not will take some more time to be answered. However, as an Arsenal fan, I feel Captain Fab could be committing a mistake that could have a severe impact on his career if he moves from Arsenal. It is not, I hope, a bigoted Arsenal fan’s rant but a reality Fabregas might have to face if he moves to Spain.

Face it, Cesc. You are not going to get much pitch time in the current Barca squad. The Barcelona midfield is packed with stars such as Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Keita and the world’s best player, Messi on the right. Breaking into that midfield would be like a camel going through the proverbial eye of the needle. Fabregas would have got some taste of how life would be at the Catalonian club during his time with the Spain national team at the World Cup, where he has found a good friend in the Spanish bench. Fabregas seemed to be on a no-shave policy unless he got a start and looked to be in contention for the role of Dumbledore in the latest Harry Potter movie until Del Bosque brought him on a sub for Torres  in the 56th minute against Paraguay in the quarter-finals. The Spanish team is well stocked with Barca talent and Fabregas would face the same or even tougher competition at Barcelona. It will be back to the bench again for the 23 year old.

The only reason Barcelona could want Fabregas now is as a back up to Xavi or Iniesta. Xavi is thirty and has probably some two or three years of football for Barca left in him. Iniesta is just 26 and looks like he will be around for a long time. Is Fabregas willing to take such massive risks and move to Barca? On an estimate, Fabregas is as good as Xavi when it comes to talent. Xavi, with more experience and trophies might look the better player if you consider the figures but numbers do not make up everything. As a back up, Fabregas would get very limited time on the pitch and would have to hope Xavi gets injured frequently. Otherwise, his time will come only when Xavi gets too old for Barca and is shipped away.

What then? Fabregas, owing to a prolonged tenure on the sidelines, will have no recognisable form. Lacking match practice, he will be rusty and low-spirited. The Fabregas we would see for Barca will be a mere pale shadow of his Arsenal self. Thus, after a string of poor performances, will the Barca board decide they have had enough of the boy wonder who was not to be? It is definitely debatable.

Now, even if Fabregas is confident that he can work hard, do the impossible and break in to that Barca midfield would Cesc be able to fulfill his ambition of filling up his trophy cabinet? I doubt it. Reason: Jose Mourinho. Two Champions League triumphs, one UEFA Cup win with Porto, six domestic league titles in eight years and eight other trophies in the same period are credentials that would impress even the most dyed-in-the wool pessimists. Jose Mourinho has proven himself to be a winner. There is every possibility that the ‘Special One’ will help himself and Real Madrid to a few titles next season. Cesc, already on the bench, is not even assured of the tremendous success Barca has achieved in recent years. For all he knows, Barcelona could finish trophy less this time, thanks to Jose.



  1. Adlafjd bdjbdj

    July 5, 2010 at 9:35 am

    As an Arsenal fan its obvious you were never going to be objective. You theories are all based on the assumption that Barca are going to play the same formation they used last year. If the coach changes the formation to accommodate Cesc your theory falls flat. Secondly Barca could play around up to 60 games next season if they progress using squad rotation there are more than enough games for Iniesta, Xavi and Cesc to play and the rotation will reduce each player’s workload keeping them fresher. Lastly it’ll benefit Cesc’s game to train with two of the best midfield playmakers in the world something not going to happen while he remains in London.

  2. willem awala

    July 5, 2010 at 9:43 am

    it will be tough for fabregas to be in barcelone startng 11, if he’s nt in the startn lineup of spain, come on man face the truth!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Mitch

    July 5, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Fabregas is better than busquets and keita. Busquets is terrible really, relies on his fathers legacy to stay in the team. But fabregas would not be able to get into Xavi or andres iniestas spot in the team and with so much attacking prowess another attack minded midfielder would over balance there structure

  4. Nick

    July 5, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I agree. Fabregas might reck his career if he leaves now

  5. Goonerpower

    July 5, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Sell him and let him learn his lession. He has virtualy said fuck all and not denied it so bye bye we won’t miss u!!!!!!!!

  6. lted

    July 5, 2010 at 10:34 am

    As whole (imho) you are wrong. Fabregas isn’t playing for Spain due to their system with 2 defensive midfielders and hence his time on the bench. I am a hardcore arsenal fan and as such I would rather see fabregas stay than go, and I know if he goes to barca he will play more than we all think, but you are missing the most important piece of the puzzle – the current Arsenal team is built around him and he gets to play with the ball every minute and thats why he gets to shine and develop. If he goes even if he plays with Xavi and Iniesta , which will happen as I said more often than you think , they will all seek Xavi as a first target rather than Fabregas. He won’t be the star anymore , he will be just second best. Fabregas is good and will always be good, but what will kill his progression to the stardom will be that he won’t feel special anymore as he is with us, untill he gets to be 28 when Xavi won’t be there and Iniesta starts to climb down the ladder. But for those 5 years that he will spend on the peripherial , I think that this will be it what kills his progression rate , which for me at barca will slow down rather than bloom as he is for Arsenal. Eventhough there ain’t anybody at arsenal (besides Wenger) who can teach him something the feeling of being “special” will always pull you forward , as the opposite at barca – just of the rest next to Xavi and Iniesta.

  7. Tengku

    July 5, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Jose Mourinho? Where the hell did that name come from? I am a Barca fan and i am a bit biased but I know who’s a good coach when I see one and I must admit that Mourino is a good one but, the players are the ones who play, not the coach. Let’s see Mourinho work his magic in Al-Ahly and see him do something special. LOL. Barca simply have a btter team secondly with Villa now. Reason number 3 being that Barca has never NOT WON against RM under Guardiola. He is special…..special at forcing strikers like Ronaldo to play at Right-Back…Higuain at Centre Back,…..Kaka at defensive midfield going for the counter. What a team they will have! Mourinho is not much better than the rest I believe and Barca haters keep using him as a reason Barca won’t be winning many trophies next season. Quality is quality. Xavi is Xavi. Messi will always be Messi. Remember when he was at Chelsea? He was not unstoppable. NOT unstoppable. Fergie beat him a few times. Wenger did so too. Benitez did so too. What makes you think he can do it against a team with special players like Leo, Andres, David, Gerard, Carles Puyol(CR9’s daddy), Pedro, Xavi?

    Admit. Fabregas is destined to leave you butthurt Arsenal fan! Flop or not flop, he will come. Arsenal with Cesc = Sucks. Arsenal without Cesc = Sucks even more!

  8. Emanuel

    July 5, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Cesc will find on the bench a kndred spirit who’s left Arsenal for greener pastures, Thierry Henry. Earlier he would have found Hleb, and earlier still, Obermars and Petit. They all went to Barca, they all torpedoed their careers. Let’s face it, there seems to be a jinx on players leaving us. It took Anelka some ten years to break it, others (Vieira, Reyes, for instance) never did.
    On the other hand, if Fabregas wants to break his own neck, perhaps we should let him and be done with it.

  9. Danny Boy

    July 5, 2010 at 11:24 am

    @ Adlafjd

    Why would Barcelona change a system which has seen them win 7 trophies in two seasons? They aren’t going to change everything to accommodate one player.

  10. Adlafjd bdjbdj

    July 5, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I disagree playing at Arsenal is slowing down his growth. Playing and training with quality players improves players so does competition in a team. Face it at Arsenal, Cesc is the best player there’s no competition for him or enough quality players to acquire skills from. Don’t be fooled quality players help develop quality youngsters into quality players for example when Rooney got to Man U he used to shoot with power excessively but playing with Van Nilstrooy changed his game and made him more clinical he learnt to place his shots and chip the keeper from training everyday with a clinical striker. He’s also picked up traits from Scholes and Giggs. When Messi first broke into the Barca team he was an impatient direct runner but training with Ronaldinho and learning from him made him a more patient player able to change his tempo accordingly if you watch closely you’ll see he does the same fade side step that Ronaldinho used to do. And you’d have to be blind not to have noticed the effect Henry had on Bojan or Xavi on Iniesta or all those players on Busquets watch the games and you’ll see all Barca midfielders use the same 360 rotation dribble sometimes when under pressure from opposition players i’ve never seen Cesc use it. At Barca Cesc will be challenged and pick up skills and traits from Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Ibrahimovic, David Villa, Pique, Puyol, Dani Alves.

  11. Fab4

    July 5, 2010 at 11:39 am

    I think the only way Fabregas would be a regular at Barca is if they move Iniesta out to the left side of the front three along with Villa/Messi, and play Busquets, Xavi, Fabs in the middle.

    But either way he wont be a key figure like he is at Arsenal. So if he wants to be just another squad player then Barca is the place for him.

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  13. Adlafjd bdjbdj

    July 5, 2010 at 11:49 am

    If you watched some games last season you would have seen that he did often change the formation. There is no such thing as a guaranteed formation there is only preferred formation its adaptable according to opposition and available players.

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  15. Adlafjd bdjbdj

    July 5, 2010 at 11:58 am

    So he should stay at Arsenal to feel special? He should not go to the bigger club with more quality players and earn a bigger salary because at Arsenal he’s the star player. I can’t understand why you’d think that but i mean you may be right maybe Cesc is the type of player who plays his best when the team is built around him. Sniedjer wasn’t that good at Madrid but at Inter and Holland where the team is built around him he’s pretty good you might have a point Cesc could go to Barca And flop but i he seems like a selfless team player i think he’d adapt seamlessly. Only one way to know…

  16. JamaicanGunner

    July 5, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I think they are a trying to get him back as possible long term replacement for XAVI …. and I dont see where he is going to get regular games there.

    Fifa & UEFA should step in and stop letting Barca players pep up Cesc in order for him to leave for Barca.

    Im sick and tired of this thing now. If him want to go let him go, ARSENAL WILL NEVER DIE!!!!!

  17. lted

    July 5, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Cesc can’t become a flop and of that I am sure, he just won’t shine or not as bright. I never thought he could be satisfied with mediocrity. If he wins something with Arsenal it will be 10 times bigger than if he wins something with barca. Well i guess it is just me always wanting to achieve things the hard way – the harder the sweeter.

  18. gd

    July 5, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Love all these comments from ‘Barca’ fans when the people clearly live in the middle east and africa.

    Why glory hunting Barca fan boys?
    Go support FC Durka Durka you c***s!

  19. Goonerpower

    July 5, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    TengKu you sound like a barca fag you can have cesc you can even help your team suck him off, maybe you can squeeze his balls for evey last drop. Can’t wait for the barca bubble to burst as it always does. Bet ur a Turk hahahaha cock mouth

  20. Pulkit

    July 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Thierry Henry moved to Barca from Arsenal and he is nowhere to be seen now. I fear that the same will happen to Cesc as well, if he makes a move.

  21. Danny Boy

    July 5, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Training with top players is all well and good but if he’s only coming on for half an hour here and there then it doesn’t matter what he learsn because he won’t get to use it. Look at Shaun Wright Phillips – he went to a better team, trained with better players and all that and he couldn’t get in the team. What happened? A player who never fulfiled his true potential.

    I disagree with the whole Mourinho thing as well. I think Guardiola is as good as if not better than Jose – and Barca’s team is better, with or without Fabregas

  22. Arsenal Station

    July 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Exactly, Danny. Cesc has been a regular star in the world’s toughest league (considering the Premier League actually has more than 2 teams) for years now. His game is unlikely to be improved much in training no matter who he’s training with. A player already at his level will only improve with minutes on the pitch.

    These comments show the arrogance and delusional view of the game in general, especially of the Barca fanboys. Barca only want Cesc to save face after letting go a player that they didn’t rate highly enough to keep as a teenager. They don’t want him because he will be “key” to them winning. Yes, Cesc would be shown a lot of love at a signing ceremony and for the first few weeks, but no one will care much after that because the business of buying him will be done, especially if he is sitting on the bench. But, even then, will he really be shown more love by Barca fans, most of whom never even saw him play as a teenager, than by the Arsenal fans who supported him as a green, 17 year old replacing the club’s captain? I doubt it. Arsenal supporters love Cesc, Barca fans only love the idea of Cesc.

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  24. Adlafjd bdjbdj

    July 5, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Arsenal fans always defensive but i understand if the best player and captain of the team i supported wanted to leave i’d be mad as well. But don’t act like Barca brainwashed Cesc, he made the decision on his own he’s a grown man. Stating that you would be delighted to see a player join a team or say that you know a player wants to join a team is not inducing a player to break their contract according to Fifa. So cry all you want Barca are doing nothing wrong. You wanna blame someone blame your manager and board their the one’s who’ve created a situation where trophies can’t be won and players aren’t paid what they are worth.

  25. Adlafjd bdjbdj

    July 5, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    And using Shaun-Wright Phillips as an example is misleading if fact using any english player as an example is misleading since the english media have a tendency to exaggerate the ability of youngsters and then are suprised when the players don’t reach that level they assumed they would reach eg Wright-Phillips, Jenas, Bently etc.

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  27. Danny Boy

    July 6, 2010 at 8:11 am


    No it’s not wrong to use Wright-Phillips as an example at all. Talented youngster, had plenty of offers, went to a bigger club, trained with “better players” as you like to say and didn’t kick a ball in anger. Fabregas may learn all the tricks in the world at Barcelona, but at the end of the day he’s just going to be the world’s best substitute.

    As for blaming the manager, what planet are you from? We built a stadium to increase revenue which it has done but the consequences of that were that we didn’t have money to spend on the team but we were right to do it. Look at Liverpool – desperate for a new stadium because they need it for their LONG TERM survival, just like Tottenham who are also trying to do the same. So yeah our hands were tied but that’s not Wenger’s fault

  28. marcus

    July 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Cesc will join barcelona and become the best midfielder in the world, winning liga and champions league.
    He’s bored of the tecnically poor british football (see world cup) and the chronic weakness of arsenal (see quarter final champions league).
    Another excellent opportunity could be inter milan

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