After months of speculations, rumors and transfer talks Cesc Fabregas has come out and put an end to this… for now at least. He will be staying at the Arsenal. He said:
“Firstly I would like to apologise to all the Arsenal fans for not speaking sooner about my future but I have not known what I was going to do until this moment.”
“I cannot deny that joining a club like Barcelona was not an attractive move for me.”
“This was the club where I learned my football, it is my home town where my friends and family are and a club where I have always dreamed of playing.”
“There are not many players in the world who would not want to play for Barcelona.”
“I have had many conversations with Arsene Wenger both in person and over the phone over the last few months and although the content of those conversations will remain private, the conclusion is that Barcelona have had two formal offers rejected by Arsenal.”
“I am a professional and I fully understand that it is Arsenal’s prerogative not to sell me.”
“I owe a lot to the club, manager and the fans and I will respect their decision and will now concentrate on the new season ahead with Arsenal.”
“I can assure all the fans that now the negotiations have ended I will be 100 per cent focused on playing for Arsenal.”
“I am an Arsenal player and as soon as I step out on to the pitch, that is the only club I will be thinking about.”
“I am looking forward to the start of the season and putting this speculation behind me.”
Fabregas will continue playing for Arsenal. But a few years ago, the same was said about Thierry Henry but in a quick turn of events he was transfered to Barca. I’m not suggesting that it will be the case here but it was the case a year after a fan tried to give Henry a Barca shirt. We all saw when Pique and Puyol put the shirt on Fab.
On a serious note, Fabregas is going to return to Barcelona. I think it should be very clear to the club and the fans. It’s only a matter of ‘when’. Gunners should work on preparing a replacement rather than crying over a player who doesn’t want to stay forever. And I think there’s just the man at Arsenal already: Samir Nasri.