It has been one week, since Francesc Fabregas, the captain, supposedly said to Arsene Wenger: "I would like to leave Arsenal."
Take note, I said "supposedly," because this rumor popped out of the ground. I am still trying to figure out where Fabregas, Arsene Wenger, or Arsenal claimed there was a private meeting. I will probably never find out who said it, because it was NEVER said.
Still, rumors continue to multiply. Some intelligent people are beginning to use common sense. Something that a lot of people seem to be missing these days. People seem to believe everything that is published. If I say, for example, "Messi to Arsenal," a lot of people would probably believe me (do not be surprised if this that line is in the papers tomorrow).
But, there have been a lot of articles published on the subject that Fabregas is not leaving. Themes like: "Fabregas is too expensive for Barcelona," "Arsenal to ask Barcelona 80m for Fabregas," as well as many articles speaking of how Arsenal is financially superior to Barcelona, with the conclusion that Barcelona cannot afford Fabregas.
These are all valid points.
Then, there are articles speaking of "who should replace Fabregas on the field," "as captain," and "in exchange of him."
But, I still have a problem. Why are they all written in perspective that Fabregas wants to leave? The first articles that popped up where ones claiming that "Fabregas wants future sorted before the World Cup."
I have searched around A LOT, and been unable to find a direct quote from Fabregas that either said he wants to leave Arsenal in the near future, or that he wants his future sorted before the World Cup (he already has his future sorted, it is a contract binding him to Arsenal, until 2014).
All of this speculation arose after an interview held in Barcelona.
Please watch this video , and ensure it has captions (the captions are provided by Youtube and are therefore unbiased.)
Now, the interview was as follows.
Interviewer: "If you were to leave Arsenal, which is yet to be decided, you're home is Barca?"
Interviewer: "If you leave Arsenal, you'll only play for Barca?"
Fabregas: "Most likely, yes."
The video then skips, and in context of the future. Fabregas said, "I would like to play for Barcelona."
Now, I know what you are thinking. "Wait, that is all he said?" Yes readers, that is all he said.
Let's take a closer look at what was said. Okay, we can clearly see that he said, "I would like to play for Barcelona." Were there any time-related words mentioned? Any? Words like "now," "before the World Cup,' or 'before the start of next season?'
The answer is no.
When answering the questions in reference to Barcelona, he answered "Yes," but he never said when, nor did the interviewer.
As Arsenal fans we already knew that one day he would want to return home, but the interview never clearly stated that he wants to leave Arsenal at the moment.
Yet, somehow tabloids and papers alike spewed out articles saying that Cesc wants to leave NOW.
Which, due to the reference of the interview, are all lies.
Isn't it just amazing how real evidence can disprove anything.
I plan to believe nothing until, Fabregas states when he wants to leave, or Arsene Wenger and Arsenal say that he wants to. Until then, Fabregas plays for Arsenal.