I think I was one of the first that spoke against the introduction of Cesc Fabregas into the Arsenal team after Patrick Vieira departed for Juventus in 2005 and Ray Parlour moved to Middlesbrough. However, I was clearly mistaken and firmly put in my place.
The youngster who came from Barcelona has developed into a world-class player, and at only the age of 23 he has the technique and the brain of a footballer who has been playing for years. Fans across the world have witnessed and fallen in love with the budding star for his superb vision that have resulted in goals, as well as scoring some along the way.
Fabregas started as a traditional midfielder when he first came to Arsenal, but as the years have flown by, he has learnt to play in different positions. The Spanish international on rare occasions has played out on the right wing as well as being deployed as an offensive midfielder. He now plays in the supporting striker role and is one of the clubs main goal threats with his ability to take free-kicks and score from the penalty spot.
The Spanish international has become somewhat of a Thierry Henry at the club, not just because he took the Frenchman’s armband, but statistics show that when Fabregas does not play then the odds of winning drop dramatically.
Thierry Henry was, and always will be the king of the club; Fabregas however is the prince who could eventually take the strikers place if all goes to plan. Fabregas has been a devoted member of Arsenal since the age of 16 and last summer showed his loyalty to the club after staying with the Gunners this season following Barcelona’s approach. After lifting the World Cup in South Africa, Gerard Pique and Carlos Puyol indicated that the Arsenal talisman is the future of Barcelona, and even forced (along with Pepe Reina) the clubs jersey on the midfielder in front of the gathering press in Spain.