Contrary to popular belief, the football world does not revolve around Barcelona.
The Spanish side may be the top club in La Liga and winners of the Champions League, but they aren't the end all and be all.
Per The Guardian:
The Barca defender has compared his own situation to that of the 24-year-old Spain international, remembering how he wanted to leave Sevilla for Camp Nou three years ago.
"I understand that he doesn't want to leave Arsenal on bad terms but I can understand why he would force a move to Barça," he told Spanish media. "Players always end up playing where they want to play and a club shouldn't keep an unhappy player."
"I forced my exit from Sevilla; I saw the train passing by and I wanted to be in business class," he said.
Alves was rumored to have said that Arsenal was "tourist class," but those reports were false.
However, he might as well have.
By saying that Barcelona is business class, what does that make the Gunners? Comparing Arsenal to Sevilla is crime enough as far as I'm concerned.
Alves was forcing his way out of his former club, while Fabregas is being pursued by Barcelona and has made no formal declaration of wanting to leave the Emirates.
To imply the two situations are in anyway similar is insulting to people who know what is going on.
Despite Alves' ignorant comments, there is no denying facts, facts that show how successful Wenger has been with the Gunners.
Arsenal may not have the budget of other top clubs, but they have still been competitive on the world stage, which says something about Wenger's ability to mold young talent into productive players.
But again, it all comes back to the Barcelona culture, in which the club portrays itself as better than everyone else in every facet of football.
The worst part is that when Barca players speak up it's not even blunt criticism.
What people like Alves do is stand up on their ivory tower, sneering down at the rest of the world, taking subtle digs without having the guts to come out and say how they feel.
However, for a club that is traveling in business class, they sure have tried to get Fabregas on the cheap.
Barcelona has valued their former prospect less than they did last year, and have insinuated that if they wait long enough, Arsenal will sell the former Barca prospect to them for less than they are demanding.
It would be a brilliant strategy if it weren't so inherently flawed.
Fabregas is locked up in a long-term contract, and until the player himself demands a transfer, Wenger can hold onto his captain and continue to enjoy the best years of his career.
Barcelona just assumes the Gunners will cave to pressure that doesn't exist, and fork Fabregas over because their offer should be good enough for the English squad.
After all, Wenger should be oh so lucky to get such an generous bid from the world's top club.
Barcelona may see itself as the greatest thing football has ever seen, but all this behavior has done is stoke the fires of a brewing rivalry based around Wenger's recruiting practices and Barca's self-aggrandizing nature.
This saga will get much, much uglier before we ever get a resolution, and we have moronic loudmouths like Alves to thank.
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