Well they think it’s all over. It is now.
Cesc Fabregas is on the brink of finally moving to Barcelona in one of the most protracted transfer stories in world football. Pretty much since Cesc broke his way into the Arsenal first team 8 years ago there has been speculation to when he would move back to Barcelona.
While most Arsenal fans will be relieved that this who affair is now (almost) over, I feel sad, upset and ultimately disappointed.
The bottom line is Arsenal have lost one of the most gifted, talented and young midfielders in world football. It obviously may be a slightly biased view but lost in the “will he, won’t he” saga year after year is the fact that Fabregas is one supremely talented footballer. He was, and still is, a phenomenal talent, and in a world where Cristiano Ronaldo can command a transfer fee of around Â£80 million, the reported Â£35 million figure is daylight robbery.
How did Arsenal let this whole thing happen? Every man and his dog knew Fabregas would be leaving for Barcelona one day. But why did it have to be like that? First of all having that in the public domain instantly reduces any transfer fee we would get. By having essentially only one bidder meant we got the shenanigans we got from Barcelona over the transfer fee and they could get away with it. I cannot remember another situation in world football like the one we had with Cesc Fabregas. Thousands of young players move abroad or to different countries but I don’t think I’ve seen a player pretty much declare that they’ll be moving back home throughout their career. Maybe at the end of their career but not all the way through it.
The biggest reason I am upset however is how much he meant to the team. The latest side Arsene has assembled was based around the talent of Cesc Fabregas and the heart of the team has now been ripped out. He made Arsenal tick and losing a player of that calibre is always going to be hard to cope with.
But the fact is that over the last 8 seasons Arsene Wenger has failed to bring in the required quality to compliment Cesc’s ability and give Arsenal the necessary resources to win major trophies. And that is the bottom line. So we end up with a perverse situation where we actually want one of our best players to leave the club so he can win things!
How messed up is that?
Do Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool or even Tottenham fans think like that?
The whole situation leaves a very bitter taste and while I’m sure we all wish Cesc all the best at Barcelona (where I’m sure he’ll win pretty much everything there is to win) the way Arsenal have handled it has something to be desired.
And worst of all, I’ll have to transfer Fabregas out of Arsenal on Pro Evo 2011 which means playing with Arsenal will be shit.