"He was determined to go to Barca last summer, he more or less confessed it in the dressing room.
Cesc carries Barcelona in the heart, in his DNA...therefore it is impossible for him to forget about them.", said Thomas Vermaelen, Cesc's teammate at Arsenal.
Vermaelen only confirmed what we all knew: Cesc Fabregas was forced to stay at Arsenal against his will and he can't wait to return to Barcelona. His heart is already in Catalonia...
Earlier this week, Fabregas himself had claimed that Arsenal had not allowed him to join his boyhood club: "Barcelona did all they could to sign me but Arsenal told me I had to stay, that there was no way they were going to let me go."
Despite Arsène Wenger's claims that Fabregas is happy at Arsenal, it now seems more clear than ever that Fabregas can't wait to leave North London and sign for Barcelona, joining his friends and teammates from the Spanish national team in their quest for glory.
The refusal to sell Fabregas is now, after Vermaelen's statements, even more difficult to understand: What exactly does Arsenal expect to gain by having a captain and star player whose head and heart are elsewhere? On paper, it doesn't seem like a very smart managerial move. The results will probably confirm it.
As for Barcelona, it's good news that "it is impossible for Fabregas to forget about them". Right now, Xavi runs the show, but the Barcelona legend isn't eternal and Cesc seems to have the necessary qualities to be Xavi's heir at Barcelona and lead the club to glory once Xavi retires.
Time will tell how the Fabregas saga will end. For now, he's an Arsenal player, but even Arsenal fans are starting to accept the fact that it's just a matter of time until Fabregas joins Barcelona.
The most important question (for Arsenal) is: Can Fabregas perform at his usual level despite his strong will to move to Barcelona?