Sunday sees the return of an old fans favourite to the Emirates stadium. The only issue is that he is no longer a favourite for most of the regulars at Arsenal. I will attempt to put forward an argument as to why I still respect Fabregas and the difference between him, Cole and Van Persie.
I do understand the why the majority of Gooners hate the guy. He did after all break the unwritten rule that says that if you call yourself a fan of Arsenal you never sign for Spurs, Chelsea or Man Utd. I however do not blame him for signing for Chelsea, he clearly didn’t have much choice.
We did not want him, he could not sign for Real Madrid for obvious reasons, Athletico and Dortmund were not really options either due to wage demands. Bayern Munich did not want him as they already have a great midfield, which included Thiago, Gotze and Alonso. He could have stayed at Barcelona where the manager made him a scapegoat for a poor last season and told him that he would not play at all.
PSG would have been a bit of a step down for him even though they would have paid his wages, same for any of the Italian clubs. This probably only left 3 realistic clubs, for him to join. We would have hated it whichever of the three clubs he joined (Chelsea, Man City or Man Utd). Man City at the time were under problems with FFP and Man Utd were out of Europe with a new manager. So Chelsea was the only club of his level that wanted him and were willing to pay him what he deserves.
If you want anyone to blame for him joining Chelsea it would probably be Gazidas or Wenger for not shipping out Arteta or Diaby to make room for him.
If you see the signing of Fabregas it was pretty low key. It was clear from everything that he said that he would rather have come home to Arsenal. It was clear up until his transfer to Chelsea became imminent that he actually was an Arsenal fan as well as Barcelona. Take a look back at his Instagram and Twitter posts to see what I mean.
He did not look happy upon signing for Chelsea, not like how happy he was every time he put an Arsenal shirt on. I think he had his best times off the pitch at Arsenal and he knows it.
People may question how he left to go back to Barcelona, the real fact is that nobody knows that he threatened to go on strike. I do not think it would have been to that extent at all. Yes Barcelona used all the underhand tactics to take him from us, I feel that anything he did was due to direct pressure from them. We should have fought harder to keep his mind with us, also reported them back then for tapping up.
The real reason he left was because his boy hood club told him that if he didn’t sign for them that summer they would not bother with him again. That is hard for any player to hear, especially when he was playing a side that constantly sold the best players and replaced them with kids. I do not blame him for wanting to leave at the time.
Barcelona used him! They took the best young midfielder in European football and put him on the bench. They told him he would replace Xavi one day, instead they made him the player to hate. This experience would have hurt Fabregas as much as Wenger telling him that he did not want him.
This is on a par with your family telling you that they don’t want you around at any cost and then your father telling you his new kids are more loved than you are. Not only that signing for Mourinho is like going to the guy that your mum had the affair with. It must have hurt Fabregas so much that he went to play for a guy that he previously had said he did not like.
Lets not forget that he himself has never once said a negative word about Wenger, Arsenal or gone directly to a rival. That is why he is different for me compared to RVP or Ashley Cole. For all these reasons I will not be booing Fabregas, plus booing him will probably make him play better.
The guy has been punished enough with the two teams he loves rejecting him. He is now trying to make a winning career at a club, it is about trophies, all feelings seem to have left him. He not only doesn’t look the same (short, shaved hair does not suit him) but it is clear that his passion that he had when he was with us is the same. I will dislike the fact that he plays for them, but not hate the guy like most Gooners.
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