Arsenal Transfer News: Cesc Fabregas' Attempt to Play Victim Falls Flat

Tom Kinslow@@TomKinslowFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23:  Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal  looks dejected as he leaves the pitch injured during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium on February 23, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Arsenal Transfer News Has Centered On the Ongoing Cesc Fabregas Saga

Rumors of Cesc Fabregas' departure from Arsenal will never end.

The Spanish midfielder has been linked to a move to Barcelona for years, as his boyhood club has stepped up its pursuit of the Gunners captain in recent years.

Arsene Wenger has done everything possible to try and hold on to him, but at this point, it seems all but inevitable that Fabregas will be playing elsewhere sooner rather than later.

Barcelona has made multiple bids, and with all of the speculation serving as one big distraction, it has worn on Wenger and the club.

Arsenal looks poised to sell the former Barca prospect, and with his future in the air, Fabregas spoke to the media about the Gunners, Barcelona and his feelings on all of the rumors surrounding him.

Per EuroSport:

Speaking at a football campus in Tordera, Spain, the 24-year-old was quoted as saying in AS: "I'm calm and I am optimistic. I have nothing to say and there is nothing to speak of.

"If something happens, it is because it has to happen. For my part, I've begun to get in shape, which is what I have to do.

"If a player is on the market it is because the club does not want him. I have no problems."

Did you catch that?

Everything sounded great, until the last sentence, where Fabregas makes it seem like the only reason he is being linked to Barcelona is because Wenger and Arsenal don't want him anymore.

Did he say that with a straight face?

The only reason that Fabregas is in this position right now is because of Barca's rabid efforts to sign him and the player's own comments about wanting to play in his hometown at some point in his career.

Wenger would never want to get rid of Fabregas unless he absolutely had no choice, and the player has put the manager in this position.

It takes a lot of hubris to go out to the media and make it seem like this entire saga is based on the fact that Arsenal doesn't want their captain anymore, something that couldn't be farther from the truth.

In fact, Wenger needs Fabregas if he wants to win trophies next year and keep from being on the hot seat like he was at the end of this past season. Selling the midfielder will signal a rebuilding process for the Gunners and set the club back years.

I'm sure Wenger really wants to do that, especially after last season's pathetic collapse.

Fabregas could have stopped this a long time ago, but he has made it blatantly obvious to anyone who has been observing that his heart is in Barcelona. He may respect Arsenal, but he doesn't love the Gunners, and that has created this saga which has dragged on for years.

Eventually, Fabregas will get his way, and he will likely join the Nou Camp and win plenty of trophies with the Champions League winners, but it won't stem from Arsenal's lack of desire to keep him.

It will happen because Fabregas didn't want the Gunners, and don't let anyone fool you otherwise.


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