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An Open Letter To Cesc Fabregas

As Gooners continue to wait for those big-money signings they’ve been promised, Arsenal fans Jason Phillips writes an open letter to midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

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As Arsenal fans continue to wait for those big-money signings they’ve been promised this summer, Arsenal fans Jason Phillips writes an open letter to former captain Cesc Fabregas to air his views on the state of the club.

Dear Cesc,

A genius, magician, legend and talisman, you symbolised everything that Arsenal Football Club stood for. A young Spaniard, being nurtured by one of the finest managers to grace football, becoming a world-class playmaker who would captain his side with pride.

Yet after eight promising years at Arsenal, I could not blame you for wanting to leave for your boyhood club Barcelona. This moment didn’t only lose us a midfield maestro, but also hampered Arsenal’s majestic playing style. It was the season after you left, 2011/2012, that I realised something was missing. The electric spark that had once made me call every number under the sun to get a ticket at the Emirates had suddenly disappeared, much like the team’s morale.

It’s hard not to look past the Carling Cup final’s detrimental effect on the fans patience and Wenger’s faith, the Frenchman’s once solid transfer policy turning to ash with the summer’s rushed market antics. But this lack of ambition and lack of stars that Robin van Persie claimed were the reasons for his untimely departure from the Gunners in 2012 have been lingering way before that fateful summer.

It all started when the 2007/2008 season collapsed after Eduardo’s tragic injury at Birmingham. With Mathieu Flamini and Alexander Hleb deciding to seek pastures new, the Frenchman was not adequately replaced, while a naturally silky player in Andrey Arshavin only arrived when it was too late on a dark snowy day – his Arsenal career following in the same manner. The departures of first-team players every summer in the form of Adebayor, Gallas, Nasri and yourself were disheartening as well. Yet the Arsenal I knew always had a back up plan.

Instead of the Chamakh’s, Squillaci’s and Gervinho’s of the world, players of Pires, Bergkamp and Henry’s quality would line-up in the famous red and white strip. Instead, my fellow fans and I have had to put up with mediocrity and the promise that one day, financial circumstances would allow us to spend big and be big. But what is more difficult to comprehend is the manner in which we fought on the pitch. Even the style of play that was renowned around Europe has gone out with a whimper! Horrific losses to the likes of Blackburn and Bradford last season gave clear evidence that a weak mentality has developed within the squad and that winning a trophy should be the last thing on anyone’s mind. Not to mention that your most natural replacement, Jack Wilshere, having to come back from an ankle injury that put him out for a season has hampered his gradual progress to becoming a world-beater.

What I need explaining, Cesc, is how the fans could have promises broken so frequently. For years we’ve been told that the money is there, the stadium debt is almost paid off and that this side will come to fruition. But with a 9 year barren run looming, the fans and I want to know where this reported £70 million “war-chest” is going. When I supported an Arsenal side with you at the forefront, I felt excited to go to games. I had the knowledge that when I stepped into that stadium, rose from my seat and pumped my fists, I would be watching a team of stars. A team of warriors. A team that would fight until the end to give the fans what they want; pride. Long gone are the days with the likes of Robin van Persie. Instead I feel as though I have been cheated. A team once full of world-class stars having to face coming to terms of starting the season with no new signings and make-shift rotational sides, who spent more time singing and dancing in Japan than actually preparing for the crucial season ahead.

No longer will the fans accept your father figure Wenger negotiating over a few million pounds when there is a whole lot more than that at stake. Higuain, Fellaini, Rooney and Suarez, all signings who have been touted yet the press seem more interested in signing them for Arsenal than the club themselves. With almost a fortnight until the season starts, there will yet again be uncertainty towards the club’s European status, as well as an unintegrated side who will be an unknown quantity based on their rivals movement this summer.

We have also been linked heavily with you Cesc, a reported clause in your contract allowing us first refusal if you decide to leave Barcelona. But as ever, Manchester United have become the owl peering over our shoulder, new boss David Moyes pushing for you to side with the reigning Premier League champions. With everything I have said; petty promises, tumbling tactics and arguable ambition there is one thing that makes me more angry and disappointed than all of the above. That if the genius, magician, legend and talisman who symbolised everything that Arsenal Football Club stood for was to move to our rivals instead of returning to us, I really wouldn’t blame him at all.

Kind Regards,

Jason

Do you think Arsenal will spend big this summer? Or will the fans have to accept another season of under-par performances? Share your views below.

24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. stoph

    August 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    *earth is

  2. SammyNelsonsPants

    August 1, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Just pathetic, and symptomatic of so much this is rotten, rotten, rotten. We invented the internet, and we use it for this?

  3. docbrody

    August 1, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Wow, ever heard of editing? That was one big pile of long winded crap. Way, way to long.

    Anyway, Cesc was good, but lets not get carried away. He had a tendency to give up as soon as we fell behind by a goal. He’s a great player, but he is not a winner. He simply has no grit. And as a team leader he was just awful.

  4. John

    August 1, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Cringe. Some people should not have access to a keyboard.

  5. Sani west

    August 1, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    The truth is bitter. All over the world, arsenal’s fans tired of arsenen wenger style.

  6. Finnish Hit

    August 1, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    OMG. Cry-babies get to write here. I’m out!

  7. mosbee

    August 1, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    if wenger can get us a crazy bully attack minded mr no nonesens to ginger our squad this coming season i think it will improve our chances, luis suarez has all the qualities we need, i will take him for 60m if thats what it takes

  8. adolf o` hilter

    August 1, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Dearest Cesc may I Lick the road clean before you oh holy great one,sorry but I am not fit or worthy enough to address the likes of someone so lorded as you.May the very ground i tred open up and swallow me and then send my wretched soul on to Satan so that he can do with what he wilst.
    by the way any chance of coming back to the Arsenal PLEEEEEZE!!!

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  10. Gabriel

    August 1, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Wenger is a big fool, he only fool fans, spend 50m to suarez and 22m to fellani and have a compelect team, who is sanogo and giorld total flop frm French national team, the best players in France will not join your team, total noneses, you wenger you claim to know all but you don’t know anything. Go away

  11. martin

    August 1, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    wenger thunder fire……

    • Mes@Gonner

      August 2, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      SHAME ON U A.WENGER WHY YOU ALWAYS WORRY ABOUT OTHERS BUSINESS? DOES IT BOTHER YOU ABOUT R.MADRID-BALE SAGA?…IT IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!…KEEP ON DOING YOUR ASSIGNMENT!…IF NOT LEAVE AND LET OTHERS DO!…SHAME ON YOU AND THE STUPID BOARD!…WE ALL ARE TIRED OF YOU!…NO SURPRISE IF YOU BRING A BIG NAME EVEN…ENOUGH!…WE ARE IN NEED OF WHOM ABIDE BY THEIR WORDS!

  12. Solomon

    August 1, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    My felo arsenal fans,i ve bin a fan of dis great club since 1999,yes! 14yrs nw,we ve seen all dis b4,Wenger mite nt sign any1,nd it shldnt b a suprise,lets jst set our hearts 2 suport d team and hope 4 d best.

  13. Imraan

    August 1, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    I will like to see cesc in red and white arsenal’s jesey, any momen when he decide to leave barca I want him to join the GUNNERS.Enjoy the emirate cup my fellow fans.

  14. emma

    August 2, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Arsene wenger may you die soon so that our football club will be deliver from your stingy hands.

    • wa|ξn!um™

      August 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      You Sir, are an eejit!
      Having a difference of opinion with someone isn’t a crime, but wishing him dead is totally out of line.
      You Muppet!

  15. Seamonkey UK

    August 2, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Why did you publish this drivel? That is one of the worse letters I have ever read. I can’t get back that minute of my life again and I feel robbed. Take this article down before you embarrass yourself as well.

  16. XX

    August 2, 2013 at 3:03 am

    WHERE ARE THE BIG NAME SIGNINGS THAT THOSE MUPPETS AT THE EMIRATES PROMISED THE HARD SUFFERING FANS. EIGHT YEARS IS ENOUGH. IF YOU CAN NOT CLOSE DEALS TO SIGN PLAYERS, YOU ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH. SELL THE CLUB TO THE RUSSIAN, SEND WENGER ACROSS THE CHANNEL AND LET THE RUSSIAN BRING BACK THE GLORY DAYS. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!

  17. FODAY BL MANSARAY(NAS)

    August 2, 2013 at 4:34 am

    SHAME ON U DEADWOOD WENGER U’V FRUSTRATED D FANS WIT UR FALSE SINING SHAME ON U LACK OF AMBITION YAGITARAY NA WOE TO U

  18. micah

    August 2, 2013 at 7:09 am

    well, from my own point of view i strongly don’t believe wenger will sign any big player.we the fans are the cause we know that our problem is wenger,if only we the fans treating to stop going to watch home game matchs ,if he wenger and managment refuse to buy players, and show a sign for one match not going to watch the home game and them lose money for that game and see if wenger will not run to get 4 good players.

  19. ollie

    August 2, 2013 at 9:34 am

    cry me a river

  20. fred iyemi

    August 2, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    wenger, may end up like ‘abacha’ because u cannot toy with the feelings of millions across d globe and go scot free…u’ll pay in no distance time.

  21. Mattyok

    August 2, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Virtually all the marque players across europe had been linked to arsenal, it’s ironical realise that the press wanted these players to arsenal more than arsene wenger and the board do. In as much as i want big singings, 40million suarez is out of choice. An appreciable bid would trigger alexis sanchez out of barcelona, think of luis gustavo. They are better and economical than suarez and fellani (though i admires his style and spirit). Cesc was g good play maker to arsenal bt he is deficient in wining character, arsenal need winners and fighter (more of jack wishires’ are needed)

  22. Ak

    August 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Wenger is a compound fool. I hv already committed his life into lions den 2 b taken soon. He must die b4 d end of d season. Non sense.

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