Fabregas reveals his future intentions
Cesc Fabregas has stated his potential desire at a return to Arsenal in the future. The Spaniard, who accumulated 303 appearances for the London outfit before returning to boyhood club Barcelona, recently said “Arsenal is in my heart and always will be.”
The comments came in the build-up to this weekend’s El Classico between Real Madrid and the Catalan side.
Fabregas was loved by the Gunners faithful during his 8-year stint with English football, and he went on to captain Arsenal for 3 years. Throughout his entire time at the Emirates, the 26-year old scored 57 goals and created a further 91 for his teammates.
Fabregas has adorned the number-4 shirt throughout the entire course of his professional career. During his time at Barcelona’s youth academy, Fabregas idolised Barcelona’s then-captain and number 4 Pep Guardiola, who would later give Fabregas his shirt as consolation when his parents divorced.
The Spaniard’s future was subject to mass speculation during the latter years of his Arsenal career, and eventually re-joined Barcelona before the 2011/12 season – concluding one of the most protracted transfer sagas of recent years.
In the five years before his departure from Arsenal, Fabregas created 466 goal-scoring chances, provided 75 assists and netted 30 goals. All three of those statistics topped those of new team mates Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta, despite the latter two having made more appearances in the same period. When he arrived, the Spaniard said: “I waited many days, months and years for this moment. It is a very special day. I return home after eight years. I know I disappointed many of you when I left, but I’m back for the challenge of my life. I hope to leave good memories.”
Despite his proclaimed admiration for Barça, Fabregas expressed his continued affection for Arsenal during the interview with The Guardian. He revealed that “Arsenal is in my heart and always will be. I don’t know if I’ll have the opportunity to go back and play there one day, or maybe after football.” This has prompted media rumours to develop, suggesting that Fabregas could follow in the footsteps of other former-Gunners – like Sol Campbell and Dennis Bergkamp – and become a coach at the club in the future.
Fabregas continued to say: “It’s a club that is always going to be there and will always open its doors to me. The club’s like a family so even if it wasn’t as a coach, I’m sure they’d give me the chance to play a role.”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was swift to respond to the midfielder’s comments, saying: “I am very happy that a player of his intelligence, technical ability and knowledge of the game would come back one day.”
Just as Arsenal fans have good recollections of their former playmaker, Wenger believes the feelings are mutual, adding: “That he’ll come back shows he has kept fond memories of this club.”
Whether the exciting prospect of the trequartista becoming an Arsenal coach becomes a reality or not, Fabregas has illustrated that he still follows Arsenal and is passionate about the club. When asked ‘Could Arsenal’s time have arrived at last?’, he responded: “I really hope so. They’ve started very well. They look very strong.”
Fabregas is also keen on a few of his former clubs’ players, citing the signing of Mesut Özil from Real Madrid this summer as “spectacular” and that “he fits Arsenal perfectly.” Despite previously being rivals with the German, Fabregas admitted: “I think he’s going to enjoy it enormously. He’s the man who has to make the difference in the final third. His last pass is brilliant, he’ll get more space and with space he kills you. He’s going to score more goals himself because of that space. There’s no one better than him for that ‘mediapunta’ role.”
Above all, Fabregas believes his former club can go on to claim the Premier League title, although after experiencing the Premier League for himself, he has admitted that it is no easy feat to become Champions: “In the Premier League, you can be going well and then you lose two games and you slip away quickly. It’s very sudden. A lot gets decided over Christmas: the team that hangs in their best, that can resist the best, will take the title.”
However, Fabregas himself never dismissed the possibility of re-joining Arsenal to play in the future in the interview. Perhaps it is something he would consider if the opportunity arose and the circumstances were right. After all, although he said that he had “waited many days, months and years” to join Barcelona, his love for the Emirates is just as strong. And maybe even, perhaps, the love of Arsenal fans for him is even stronger…
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