Recently Arsenal FC Blog sat down with Arsenal captain and future Barcelona star (let’s admit it, it’s easier that way) Cesc Fabregas to talk about the pressure of playing several years without any trophies, Manchester City and on Arsenal chances in the Premier League and Europe this season.
We start off in mid-conversation, with AFCB asking about Arsenal’s lack of trophies:
The pressure must be building though….?
Of course we are under pressure to win the title because Arsenal is a big club and expectations are always high. But the other challengers have spent huge amounts of money in recent years to build their squads and perhaps they are the ones who are under the most pressure because of this investment. Arsenal has a long-term vision for the future.
And what about the team’s style, will it need changing to win trophies?
I do not believe the manager will ever change the way he wants the team to play. I am sure that whenever we win the title, we will achieve it playing good, attractive football. We only know how to play one way and it would be treason to abandon our style of play.
Can you win the Premier League itself?
Nothing is ever impossible. We are not the favourites this season but we truly believe we can we can fight for the championship. We were unlucky at Old Trafford against United but we proved we are ready for the battle with our great victory against Everton on the opening day. This team is maturing and growing in confidence all the time.
Aren’t Manchester City your big dangers for a Champions League place?
City have made a strong start to the season and when you look at the players they have signed in the summer, I think they will be aspiring to win the title and not just finishing in the top four. When you have a team with players like Robinho, Adebayor, Tevez and Wright-Phillips, you must believe you can challenge for the trophy.
Are you envious of other clubs that have more money at their disposal?
I have to say I feel lucky to be at Arsenal and be part of the club’s philosophy. Here we prefer to develop young players and give then their chance as I was given my chance when I was a teenager and that is a situation I am comfortable. Other clubs can spend what they like but we are happy with the way we do things at Arsenal.