Posted on Thursday, 14th July 2011 by Tony Merakli
The Spanish giants have already had two bids of £27 million and £30 million turned down by Arsene Wenger, as the Frenchman tries to keep hold of his midfield maestro for at least another season.
Before the start of Arsenal’s tour of Asia, Wenger reiterated his desire to hold on to the 24-year-olds services, claiming he will fight tooth and nail to keep him at the Emirates.
Parlour, who won three Premier League titles under Wenger, recently told talkSPORT that, should the Spaniard remain in north London, he won’t sulk and will fully focus on the challenges that lay ahead this season:
‘If Fabregas does stay, he’ll put all that behind him and say ‘let’s have a go again this season’.
‘He’s not going to sulk. Every time he goes out on that pitch he’ll give everything and, if he does stay, he’ll be a massive asset for Arsenal next season.’
He goes on to say:
‘I think Cesc Fabregas has enjoyed living in London, I think the set-up at Arsenal, the training ground, the way Arsene Wenger goes out and does training every day is enjoyable. Maybe he’s a little frustrated about not winning anything for five or six years. But a couple of signings and they would have gone really close last year.’
I believe Parlour is only stating the blinking obvious here. However, I believe that Fabregas will still have his mind on Barca if a summer move does not transpire.
Towards the end of last season, I don’t think his head was in the right place and his body language was all wrong – his ‘accidental’ back-heel to Iniesta, which gifted Barca a goal at the Camp Nou in the Champions League, pretty much summed it up for me.
I have no doubt that he will perform to the best of his ability IF he remains a Gunner, purely because he is a professional. However, will he care as much as he once did for the club if his ‘dream’ move does not come to pass? I’m not 100% convinced. Only time will tell.
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