Posted on Monday, 8th November 2010 by Tony Merakli
Arsene Wenger has leapt to the defence of club captain Cesc Fabregas following his awful performance yesterday against Newcastle United by declaring that the Spaniard is a ‘bit affected’ mentally following his recent injuries. However, is this the case? Or is Cesc Fabregas’ love for Arsenal depleting?
Wenger believes Fabregas is not playing to his full capacity because he is not yet over his niggling injuries. However, following the saga between the player and Barcelona last summer, many fans believe that Fabregas’ heart is not in Arsenal as it was in previous seasons. Speaking to Sky Sports this morning, Wenger declared that his star player is mentally not in the right frame of mind and will recover in time:
“He has no real pain, but is still a bit affected I feel, it is still there in his head.”
Arsenal slumped to their second home defeat already this season at the hands of West Brom earlier in September and yesterday to newly promoted Newcastle United. If the loss wasn’t bad enough, many Arsenal fans were more focused on, and concerned about the performance of their talisman. In fairness to Cesc, the whole team didn’t play that well yesterday; in fact, it looked as if it was their first ever game together as a team.
The 23-year-old’s body language and movement did not look up to scratch as it has been in the past. Fabregas’ distribution during the 90 minutes was absolutely diabolical for his standards, and looked very complacent on and off the ball as well. Fabregas told talkSPORT today that he is frustrated at not being able to perform to his best:
“The good news is there is no tear on the hamstring, nothing. It’s just a little bit of fluid, but it keeps coming back. It’s outside the muscle, the ‘skin’ of the muscle. It’s not really a muscle injury, its fluid that keeps coming back and it’s very annoying.”
Fabregas still remains a target for Barcelona even though their attempts to land the midfielder last summer were thwarted by Wenger and co. However, a majority of the Arsenal faithful believe that the Spanish international still has his mind on the Spanish giants. It’s fair to say that we have not seen the Cesc Fabregas we all know and love. The passion seems to be fading and performances are not what we are used to. However, we can only take Cesc’s word and believe that it is in fact just his injuries that is causing the unrest and low-par performances.
The Spanish international has so far made 8 appearances in all competitions this season, bagged 4 goals and made 6 assists…sounds good, but could be better for a player of his calibre. Every Arsenal fan wants to see their captain joyful and at fully fit…let’s just hope he overcomes his recurring injuries sooner rather than later, and gets back to producing wonderful displays.
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