I wonder how hard it is for Barcelona to understand that we have no intention of selling Cesc Fabregas to them. Whether the player wants to go or not is one thing, but as long as he is under contract, his parent club holds all the aces to the deal.
Arsene Wenger is quoted in the Mirror as saying: “I don’t need to talk about Cesc. He has a deal with Arsenal and we don’t want to sell him. I’ve spoken with Fabregas many times—as with all the players in the World Cup—but never about his future.”
At first that sounds strange given the fact that a vast majority of the media including myself have reported that Cesc has politely asked to leave the club. Putting Arsene's comments in context, it may be wise to have a rethink of that position.
Last month, Cesc spoke about their meeting . He said, "It was probably the greatest conversation I have had with someone in my life. I respect him so much. He told me to concentrate on my football and the World Cup and he will deal with whatever happens in my future.
"It's not up to me any more. It's just now about Arsenal and whoever it has to be and that's it. I don't want to say anything else. I just want to be focused for the World Cup because it's the most important thing. The rest, the future, I'm not interested in the future. The only important thing is to form part of this team and play in the World Cup."
Could this mean that Wenger simply refused to let Cesc discuss his future? It could be that the discussion centred around how important Cesc is to the club and that the club do not consider selling him as an option.
In January 2009, while explaining the reasons why Kolo Toure put in a transfer request, Arsene Wenger spoke of the need of players who love a club to be shown love in return. I'm pretty sure Arsene made a good point about how much Arsenal have done for him in the past and the fact that he is now central to our plans. As much as he is loved, his success has always been important to the club.
Wenger has always been one to honour his contract, and I believe he would have also mentioned this to Cesc. When a player signs a long-term contract, it signifies a long-term commitment to the cause of a club for a definite period of time. You can't just turn around and say you want to join your boyhood club because you have their DNA in you. That's for boys, men honour their contracts!
I like the way Cesc described the situation as being "...just now about Arsenal." That's how it should always be. The interest of the club and not the player should always come first. Barcelona should respect and understand that fact. I wonder how they would react if Real Madrid launched a heated pursuit of Lionel Messi!
Outgoing Barcelona President Joan Laporta has insisted that he will fight till the last day of his tenure to get Cesc Fabregas to play for Barcelona. At the end of the month, he will step down for former Nike executive Sandro Rosell, who is reportedly close to Cesc Fabregas. He has hinted that he would be keen on continuing the negotiations from wherever they stand.
He said, "When we get together, Laporta will explain at what stage the Cesc situation is at. If negotiations are advanced and the coaching staff want the player, we will continue with the negotiations, without doubt. Until July 1 we can't do anything, but if they need help then we will be the first to give it."
The current Barcelona hierarchy insist that they will attempt to negotiate during the World Cup and I'm pretty certain that they will be unsuccessfull at that. The phrase "Arsenal is a selling club" is one I never like to hear as many insist that we are quick to sell our best players once the right offer comes along.
It almost sounds true until you consider the fact that Arsenal have never willingly sold a player at his peak or before his prime.
The exception to this was Nicholas Anelka and possibly Emmanuel Adebayor. They were two players who clearly wanted to leave the club at all costs. If the club had insisted that they honour their contracts, I can guarantee that they would have made their positions untenable and would have become disruptive influences in the club.
In these cases, the overall interest of the club came first and they were allowed to leave. The proceeds from Anelka's sale were used for the new training ground and to purchase Thierry Henry—voted the greatest ever Arsenal player. As for Adebayor, who needs him when you've got van Persie, Bendtner, and now Chamakh!
The keen observer may suggest that such a scenario could be repeated in the case of Cesc Fabregas. I am of the opinion that Cesc loves the club too much to allow that to happen.
At the annual members day last summer, he mentioned the fact that when he joined Arsenal he thought he had joined just another club. He said that now he realises that he is part of more than just a football club and is both happy and privileged to play for and be captain of a club like Arsenal—a club he loves deeply.
Only recently he described his emotions to be that of a man who feels more loved at Arsenal than in his own home. To me those are the words of a man who understands what it means to wear the red and white of Arsenal.
I daresay that is why he is featured prominently on promotion material for the new away kit available to preorder from today. The material also features Theo Walcott, Alex Song, Robin van Persie, and Andrey Arshavin. Till then we shall hold his words as true as he says he is fully focused on the World Cup .
In the meantime, don't forget the Arsenal World Cup Quiz Question:
Which Arsenal Player will score the most goals at the World Cup?
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The competition is everyone irrespective of country of residence and closes on June 25, 2010 at 11:59pm GMT
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