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Fabregas Admits Barcelona Frustrations – Time To Use The Buy-Back Option?

Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has admitted he’s frustrated with life at Barcelona and is not enjoying his substitute role at the club. Read what he said


Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has admitted he’s frustrated with life at Barcelona, according to the Daily Mail.

After spending eight years in England with the Gunners between 2003-2011, Fabregas returned ‘home’ to Catalonia last summer in a £30m transfer.

The move back to his boyhood club was supposed to be a dream-come-true for the 25-year-old, but Fabregas has revealed all is not well at the Nou Camp.

The Spanish midfielder’s form has been called into question and the player himself has admitted he is frustrated by his inconsistent performances.

New boss Tito Vilanova has tried to regain the players confidence by starting him in all three Primera Division games so far this season, but his form has been poor and Fabregas was substituted after just 63 minutes of Sunday’s 1-0 win over Valencia.

Cesc has regularly found himself among the substitutes during his time at the club and also admitted he’s frustrated at his role in the team and not being considered a first team regular.

Fabregas told Marca that he while he may put a brave face on during the games, he goes home unhappy when he’s a sub. He told Radio Marca:

‘There’s no such thing as a great substitute in the world of football.

‘I couldn’t tell you what makes a great substitute.

‘I always wish my team-mates well and put a happy face on.

‘If I have to take my unhappy face home then so be it, but I would never let my team-mates or manager see it.’

‘Everybody likes to play every minute of the season,’ he added.

‘I’ve always said that I play for the best team in the world, but I came here to compete, to learn and enjoy, not to sit wracking my brains.

‘The manager knows what I can offer. But across the three positions that I can play, I am competing with the three best players in the world.”

Fabregas is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail

However, Fabregas isn’t ready to quit just yet, and is determined to make his mark at Barcelona.

‘I’m delighted to be a part of this team but when a coach tells me I have to go, I’ll go.

‘But I will not make it easy for him to do so, by any means. I will keep going, looking forward to the time that things change. I came here to see out my career.’

This situation was predicted by many Arsenal fans when Cesc left last summer. He was never going to be able to command a first team spot easily at Barca or the carry the responsibility he had at Arsenal.

But while some Gooners have read these comments and called for a return to Arsenal, in reality it’s extremely unlikely to happy any time soon.

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We do have a buy-back option on him, so you never know in the future, but Cesc is a determined young man and won’t give up his Barca-dream just yet.

Would you like to see Fabregas back at Arsenal? Get involved in the comments section.

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  1. D Lancaster

    September 5, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Would love to see cesc back in the red and white of arsenal. emagian cazorla arteta jack in our midfield would be a dream come true.Just imagine rvp face if he did come back !

  2. Fizzer

    September 5, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Of course we would have him back, what a mid field !!

  3. goonergerry

    September 5, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Wait until the end of the season.
    Man City will try to buy him. If he ever becomes available Arsenal must find the resources to buy him back.

    • Dee

      September 5, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Don’t forget we have the buy back clause which would give us priority over other clubs even if they do have lots of money

      • liddy14

        September 5, 2012 at 8:22 pm

        yea that buy back clause is 100 million don’t think so…………

    • Goonerbeall

      September 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Gerry, want to enlight you about legal obligation contained in the contract he signed nemely that Should Cesc want to leave Barca Arsenal has first chance to buy him. And I am sure he wd like to come back and be the main man.

      No man want to be reserve. Can you imagine your missus having you know what…

    • Devendra

      September 6, 2012 at 9:28 am

      He will never go to any other club than Arsenal. He loves Arsenal. But He will not come back. It’s just one year at barcelona may be next year, we can try. But he coming back to Arsenal looks like dream currently atleast. It’s not that we can not bring him. But he will be unsure about coming back here.

      I really want him back. He was my star when he was at Arsenal.

      Also, I don’t want RVP or Nasri back ever at Arsenal.

  4. ken

    September 5, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I would think Barca still owe us money from the Cesc deal around 15 million plus 12 million from the Song deal as they pay in installments.Which would mean if there is a 35 million buy back we would only need to spend around 8 million to bring him home

  5. mauray 9ja

    September 5, 2012 at 11:40 am

    cesc’ll b warmly welcome,nobody chase him.nasri will get dis 1day 2 includin rvp,cox arsenal made dem what dere re 2day.

  6. wardy

    September 5, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I would love fab too have stayed in the first place but as things stand where in our midfield would he play???? would you really swap him for caorla, Jack (future captain Jack) he couldnt fill arteta’s duties. he would just end up being rotated. which basically is happening too him now…… Wenger would have to play 4-4-2 to really accomadate him. playing cazorla behind the main striker freeing up space in midfield. Not sure it would work. Not to mention the fact that wenger wont spend 35mil on 1 player, i think the buyback option was really to sweeten the blow of him leaving in the firstplace………. (maybe the glass is half empty for me today…)

  7. ilyas balogun yusuf

    September 5, 2012 at 11:59 am

    glad to welcome him back to emirate stadium wot a great midfilder,arsena fan are all waiting 4 his arrival

  8. Family Enclosure Man

    September 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    It’s not going to happen. Barca would have to be in such dire financial trouble that they’d be willing to sell off their stars – and I’m not so sure AW would really want him back now.

  9. Ogejohns

    September 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Fabregas only left to quench the thirst of playing at home club. I will welcome him back to the fold.

  10. gune

    September 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Come home

  11. punkoso

    September 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    fabragas back at arsenal playing next to cazorla would be amazing…but it won’t happen any time soon so lets just dream

  12. Mohammed A

    September 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Bring back our boy Barca,,ur jst wasting his talent,,we arsenal fans r looking forward to welcome u with all our hearts,,Cesc arsenal still needs u,show some heart and repay Arsene of wat he made u now,Arsenal needs u Cesc,,hop’ u wont change like the other’s did!!!

  13. chris from Cambridge

    September 5, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Well yes but we have Cazorla now and he seems about as good so far as Cesc. Hopefully he will also be less injury prone.
    PS. As we know … not many leave Arsenal and are truly happy elsewhere.

  14. Ndianabasi

    September 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I kno is nt easy 4 him 2 com bak lik dat, but i think we should take him 4 season loan. How did u c farbracas, caziola, arteta wilshere. In d mid filed. No team in d EPL can beat us even in world.

  15. solomon

    September 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    wau,this is a clear case of the prodigal son.Home is home,he is always welcome home.cant wait to see that happen.However,we all saw that scenario coming.he might be happy at Barca but apparently would be happier at the Emirates.the role,the opportunity,the respect…..

  16. SA Gooner

    September 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Cesc made his bed & he must now lie in it. He went on strike to force his move. Wenger showed him the pitfalls of moving to Catalunya, we the fans begged him, we all showed him case studies of what happened with our players who left for those cretins in Barcelona, but he didn’t listen. There’s no space in our midfield for him. He must live with the view from the bench.

  17. shellykeen

    September 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Wenger to resign fabregas?who wre we going to bench 4 him arteta,wilshere and cazorla uhmmmm

  18. Victor anthony

    September 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Cesc comin back to arsenal is jst a dream.if u are sayin it,WAKE UP

  19. True Gooner

    September 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Cesc got what he wanted plain and simple.

    If he decides he would like to come back, he would have to show more respect for the Arsenal squad.

    Cesc, show them you do posses humility and show a bit more respect for our club.

    Those comments you made about not trusting your former arsenal team mates, having to do everything yourself and the way Arsene coaches the squad were out of order.

    If he comes down to Earth with the rest of us and wants to re-join the SQUAD here at Arsenal, I would welcome him with open arms and a We’ve got cesc fabregas, we’ve got cesc fabregas.

    And I doubt Arsene would want to pay much over 20 mill either, what ever has happened to him there he is not of the same quality as when we sold him.

    Get the price right and bring him home, that would give us amazing strength in depth through the middle.

  20. DEEJAY

    September 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Cesc has Arsenal DNA. I’m just waiting for his next visit to London when a couple of our players will be photographed putting (not forcing) the Arsenal shirt on him. Then our lads can be quoted asking why he’s being held against his will, literally kidnapping him and forced to warm the bench because he wants out in order to return to his spiritual home.

    • Corey

      September 6, 2012 at 1:53 am

      Ha! Ha! Good one. Give Barca a taste of their own medicine!

  21. mozeh

    September 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    probably thats why AW didnt want to purchase more at the deadline. otherwise i would personally welcome him home.

  22. Mohamed

    September 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Welcome home baby boy

  23. Abadayabada

    September 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Yeah he “isn’t ready to quite”

  24. Quadri Jubril

    September 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    If he is 2 b back let him,this will even streting d midfield,but i dnt think he would.

  25. ideket

    September 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    A return for Fabregas is a move in the right direction for both the player and the club. The fact that Arsenal put the first option clause in the contract shows you how ready they were/are to take him back.

    Imagine what Arsenal would have achieved if he had remained for Van Persie’s emergent season.

    Imagine what this Arsenal team could do with that killer pass back in the team.

  26. michael

    September 5, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    The end of every player leaving arsenal is always lyk dis,its is a rumor dat will never happen 3-4 season to dis tym,let him learn is lesson,cos i knw he will b so ashame to return.

  27. Ezekiel Inyang

    September 5, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    We d Arsenal faithful want him back, honestly i can’t wait to have Fabregas back in our squard up Gunners!


    September 5, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    He’s frustrated not because of game time, but because he knows that very soon, his spot and game time and in the spain national team will be given to and and his relevance will be accorded another spanish international, who’s not privillege before all because the said player is not playing for elite club either in spain or abroad before. but now, the said player is playing and proving that he’s better than fab now in the ARSENAL FC. and FAB knows that spain manager is seeing how arsene is utillising his potential and showcassing his relevance to the progress of spanish national football. therefore. Fabregas is sacred. the said player is THE BALLON D OR SPANISH PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2006-2007 SANTI CAZORLA. Fab have systematically avoided this type of dilemma in the past while at arsenal.(Read FABRIGAS DILEMMA 2) but he now see that there’s no way he can avoid it now except he’s consistently relevant at Barca which is very remote. now, he’s regretting leaving arsenal. but can’t admit it.
    …to be continued.

  29. Daniel

    September 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I would LOVE to see him back home where he belongs.
    He can play regular starter with us alongside Santi Cazorla. Imagine how dangerous we would be then!



    Please come home, Cesc. We the fans would accept you with open arms cause you are a legend.


    September 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    FAB is not in love with AFC nor FCB, but only interested in his coveted spot in the SPANISH NATIONAL TEAM he’s not a loyal member of either team. If he is? Let’s see: in the year 2004,immediately after his exploit at FINLAND 2003 FIFA Under 17 junior World cup where he won GOLDEN BOOT,GOLDEN BALL & and the CUP with spain. but instead of him to wait for his time and fight for his place in the FCB.when the likes of messi who are even foreigner with no FCB DNA like him wait for their chance. FAB jump ship and went to AFC without any compensation for FCB. two years later, at the 2006 UCL FINAL. while the likes of XAVI @ the age of 26 is on the bench because DECO who is even a foreigner is starting ahead of him. FAB with FCB DNA is starting and playing full 90 minutes for the opponent AFC@ d age of 19 (XAVI did not jump ship) but wait for his time and took his chances. that’s why he’s a true HERO and the one with true FCB DNA…….continued in FABRIGAS DILEMMA 3

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