Cesc Show Us Some Respect
Arsenal fans deserve respect, the respect I am talking about is from our captain Cesc Fabregas. Everyone knows his club as a child was Barcelona, but he of his own free will left them when he was 16 years old to join Arsenal. He and his family made the decision that his career will flourish at Arsenal rather than at the Nou Camp.
Arsene Wenger took Cesc under his wing and nurtured him, built a team around, sold his captain, Vieira, to allow Cesc to develop.
Arsenal fans took to this player, enjoyed his football, creativity, vision, scoring and when it was revealed that it was Cesc that threw the pizza at Ferguson a legend was born.
Cesc was given the captain’s armband, even though he was not a real captain, but became the Arsenal talisman, everything went through Fabregas.
Then the courting with his boyhood club started. Barcelona wanted “their” player back, a player that they did not make a strong enough attempt to keep when he left, but now he had developed into a world class player, they had second thoughts. Fabregas, at first, remained silent on the matter, but soon his representatives were leaking stories of his desire to leave. The most embarrassing picture was Fabregas being made to wear a Barcelona shirt during the Spain World Cup celebrations. Cesc pushed the issue to its limited by asking Wenger to let him leave, but Arsene was not prepared to let his captain, talisman and prodigy leave.
Reluctantly Cesc stayed at the Emirates last summer for one more season. The season was a mixed one for Cesc, injured for large parts of it, the highlight being the 2-1 victory over Barcelona, but in the return leg, we saw Cecs sharing jokes, handshakes and hugs with Barca players before the game and it was his flippant flick that allowed Barcelona to break the deadlock just before half-time.
The season over, Barcelona proclaimed that Cesc was not a target for them this summer and they only had a budget of £30M to spend on players. Relax, Arsenal fans thought, but Barcelona started to leak stories in the press of Cesc wanting to join them, the usual suspect Pique and Xavi started to release stories of Cesc’s desire to join Barcelona and then the club made an offer £26M for our captain.
Cesc has remained silent in all this, except to make a stupid comment that if the club (Arsenal) are prepared to sell him, then he is no longer wanted. Cesc has since declared himself “injured” and has missed our pre-season games and will also miss our Emirates Cup tournament this week-end.
Barcelona meanwhile, refuse to increase their offer. Their logic is that why pay more for a player that was theirs 8 years ago.
Arsenal have rightly dug their heels in and want the full asking price or Cesc stays.
What Arsenal fans want to hear from Cesc is a statement of truth. Tell us that he loves Arsenal, but Barcelona are his boyhood team and his dream is to play for them, if the two clubs agree on a fee then he will leave Arsenal, but until that happens he is focused on playing for Arsenal and he looks forward to a successful season at Arsenal.
Instead we have our captain sulking, hiding behind a phoney injury and refusing to play for the club that is paying his wages. He is showing complete disrespect to his fellow team-mates, to Arsene Wenger, to Arsenal FC and to the fans. If Cesc does not leave this summer, he should be stripped of the captaincy and be made to apologise to the fans for his behaviour.
Posted on July 30, 2011, in Arsenal News, Arsenal Players, Transfers and tagged Arsenal, Arsenal News, Arsenal Transfers, Barcelona, Fabregas, Summer Transfer News, Transfer News, Wenger. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.