Its become the norm for a number of Barca players to speak out about the Fabregas saga once again as they did so often last year, but Xavi’s recent claim that the Arsenal captain is “suffering” appeared on the club’s official website.
Arsenal could have attempted to contact FIFA to object to the ‘tapping up’, but Wenger does not believe the complaint would be successful.
“I don’t think it’s a sentence big enough to report a club to FIFA,” he said. “The impression I had was that it wasn’t respectful to our club or to Cesc. I don’t make more than that.
“It has to stop, of course. If there is a transfer negotiation between two clubs, I don’t think it is healthy if players come out [and talk] who are not concerned by it. Unfortunately, in this case, it has happened a few times. It will not contribute to sort any problem out.
“Xavi has no direct part to play in that story and I don’t see why he should, unless he has an official job to do for Barcelona. I don’t see why he can go on the [official Barcelona] website and make this kind of statement.”
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Barcelona’s tactics are getting dirtier and dirtier, and now Fabregas’s home town mayor has claimed that Fabregas “is experiencing a kidnapping”. He has claimed that Arsenal are holding him against his will and has called on Arsene Wenger to allow him to return home.
“We want him to come right away, he is experiencing a kidnapping,” Garcia told Barcelona newspaper Sport.
“If the English are so honourable they should behave properly.
“The clowning around must stop as it is confusing everyone.”
If Fabregas leaves on his own will and builds a life away from Barcelona, and then Arsenal nuture and care for him and develop him into one of the most influential midfielders in the game, how is that a kidnapping? It’s starting to get to the point where every Gooner has had enough of the saga, and it’s just geting out of hand. It’s a difficult situation for Fabregas as he’s determined to leave Arsenal on good terms when he does depart from the Emirates.
In regards to Wenger’s comments he has just admitted that there are negotiations which is the first time that he said anything like that as he has stated numerous times that they will NOT sell Fabregas this summer. But I suppose that if we get a decent amount for him (it better be £40m +) then it will be worth selling him as I’m sure his value will decrease next year. What do you think? Should Wenger hold firm and demand £40m + for our captain, or do we cut our losses and sell our injury-prone midfield maestro?