March 28, 2011 by
Martin @ thegoonblog.com
It didn’t take long for things to turn back to the topic of Cesc Fabregas’ future once there was an international break, its seems that things are starting to warm up for the summer again in that regard and as things stand, he is going nowhere.
Last summer we rejected a couple of very disrespectful bids from Barcelona, they also engaged on a calculated campaign to tap him up and turn his head – taking advantage of the number of Barca players in the Spanish national team squad to supposedly encourage him to join. That is no slight on Cesc, it is if anything a compliment.
Cesc’s situation is tricky and unique, I doubt there are many clubs other than Barcelona that could tempt him to leave Arsenal and we are just plain unlucky that he is a Barca lad and has such a burning desire to play for them. You have to understand that if you were an football player and Arsenal fan, with the team having great success with you playing elsewhere, you would want to return. As a fan, it is natural.
Last summer I think Cesc could have handled the situation better, whilst I understand him wanting to keep his nose clean and out of all the fun and games in the media, he should have called some sort of press conference and media briefing to re-affirm his commitment to Arsenal as soon as the deal wasn’t going to go through – for his sake, as well as the clubs. The fact was his club was being disrespected and as captain, he has a duty to the club.
Barcelona also showed a lack of desire to sign Cesc, and after he had gone to the length to ask Arsene to allow him to move, it wasn’t matched on the other side. They weren’t willing to show their intent with their cash and if I was in that situation I would see it as an insult.
What we do know though is that the Cesc/Barca chatter will never stop until he joins. Pep Guardiola wants Cesc in his squad but the people in charge just want a trophy signing, probably with a bit of revenge thrown in as well. The thing is Arsenal currently hold all the aces. We have Cesc Fabregas, he is under contract with Arsenal for another four years and if Barca don’t stump up £50-60 million quid, the nearest they will get to him is when he is with the national team.
Of course, expect UEFA to do nothing when the tapping-up starts again. Barcelona are allowed to strut around like they have some kind of immunity allowing them to behave as they please, when we sign their players entirely legally they get all touchy – but when they break the law, Arsenal are in the wrong for sticking to their guns?
Once again, it is us against them. This isn’t over.