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Is Cesc Fabregas Still Worthy of Arsenal's Captaincy? I Think Not

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11:  Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal is tackled by Stuart Holden of Bolton during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Bolton Wanderers at The Emirates Stadium on September 11, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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calm-and-composed in the pocketContributor ISeptember 14, 2010

After an inspired performance last Saturday against Bolton, Cesc Fabregas seems to have found his groove again. With the bright lights of South Africa behind him, Arsenal’s talisman has retaken the mantle and once again steered his team to victory.

But how long can it continue? Questions of Arsenal’s anchor in midfield must be asked.

Given the transfer fiasco with Barcelona last summer, with Cesc refusing to commit to a future with the North London giants, is a future at Arsenal really so sure for the Spanish superstar? While harboring misplaced allegiances, can Cesc Fabregas still lead Arsenal as keenly as he did against Bolton this weekend?

Truth be told, Cesc reiterated his desire to move to Barcelona last summer, stating that “there are not many players who would not want to play for Barcelona,” and further alienating his Arsenal fans by saying that the Catalan giants were a “club where I have always dreamed of playing.”

In light of this admission, Cesc Fabregas’ position as captain should be up for review. His tenure as captain should be nearing its end, and another player—this one with more native sense of loyalty—should take up the cause.

For all his good performances, Fabregas holds his club in contempt. He apparently doesn’t respect the work that has gone into him, and were it for Arsenal’s good sense, Cesc would already be treading the Camp Nou. Like his captain predecessor William Gallas, Cesc has tarnished the shirt.

Arsenal need a man that is devoted to the team—that is willing and able to resist the urge of even Barcelona. That man is already wearing red and white. That man is Robin van Persie. Were it not for his egregiously bad injury record, the Dutchman would already be wearing the armband.

Le Boss should make the enlightened decision to soon strip Cesc of the primary badge and hand it to the revitalized Van Persie. Cesc will still be able to wear the honors in Robin’s absence—at least until the next round of his Barca pleading comes to pass.

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