The mayor of Cesc Fabregas’ hometown, eager to cash in on the impending transfer of the Arsenal player (ARSENAL player) to Barcelona, had this choice soundbite to offer:
Estanislau Fors i Garcia, the mayor of Catalan town Arenys de Mar where Fabregas grew up:
“We want him to come right away, he is experiencing a kidnapping.
If the English are so honourable they should behave properly. He [Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger] has to stop clowning around because it’s disorienting for all of us.”
If we are to suspend reality for a while and consider this to be true, that Wenger is now ‘keeping’ Fabregas at Arsenal against his ‘will’, and in effect, Arsenal have kidnapped Fabregas and are demanding a ransom, it would be good to consider the following:
In any case it’s not as simple as ‘being held against his will’ if he stops short of doing the things he can do to push through a move.
When you hear the likes of Kenny Dalglish refuse to answer reporter questions on footballers rumoured to sign for Liverpool because he doesn’t want to disrespect other football clubs by talking about their players, it’s worth wondering when Barcelona’s players would realise that their public harassment of Arsenal FC (all the time while Barcelona refuse to pay Arsenal’s asking price, and a fair fee for Fabregas) is greatly disrespectful? Probably never.
If Arsenal are kidnappers, Barcelona are:
Take your pick.