Posted on Thursday, 6th September 2012 by Tony Merakli
He was warned about life on the bench, and it seems the prophecy (as it were) has come to fruition, with Cesc Fabregas openly admitting his unhappiness at being a bit-part player at Barcelona.
The 25-year-old sealed a move back to his boyhood club last summer, with the thought of regular-first-team football in mind. This came to pass in his first full season at Barca under the management of Pep Guardiola. Fabregas lifted the Copa del Rey and FIFA World Club Cup and things were going well for the former Arsenal man.
However, since Pep quit the club after the end of last season, the creative midfielder now finds himself struggling to attain game time, and has yet to complete 90 minutes under new manager Tito Vilanova – a problem which is clearly playing on the Spaniard’s mind.
The Gunners have first option on Cesc, and I’m pretty sure Arsene Wenger would jump at the chance should he become available.
‘There’s no such thing as a great substitute in the world of football – I couldn’t tell you what makes a great substitute.
‘I always wish my team-mates well and put a happy face on. If I have to take my unhappy face home then so be it, but I would never let my team-mates or manager see it.
‘I’ve always said that I play for the best team in the world, but I came here to compete, to learn and enjoy, not to sit wracking my brains.
‘I am delighted to be a part of this team, but when a coach tells me I have to go, I will go – but I will not make it easy for him to do so, by any means.’
He finished off by saying:
‘I will keep going, looking forward to the time that things change.
‘I came here to see out my career.’
Now I for one did not begrudge Fabregas’ move to Barcelona – it’s his boyhood club and he left on good terms, praising our club and labelling Wenger as a father figure – a class act to say the least.
However, his move to Barca was too premature for me. He should’ve stayed at Arsenal for at least another two seasons before making the switch to the Camp Nou. Clearly the excitement of teaming up with his Spanish colleagues was overwhelming.
He now finds himself struggling to get minutes and seems PO’d about it.
Sorry Cesc but you won’t be getting any sympathy from me on this one. You were warned but you chose to ignore it.
On a brighter note, should he become available (at a decent price) then I would gladly welcome him back, as he is a quality player who can enhance our squad.
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