Former Gunner Cesc Fabregas has revealed he left this summer because he thinks Arsenal have no chance of winning silverware in the immediate future. He also felt he was developing as he should be at a club that will find it difficult to finish in the top four.
Fabregas reportedly said:
“I needed a change in my life – that’s the truth.
“We weren’t winning any titles and it was very frustrating for me. I didn’t feel like I was developing as I should be.
“I want to be in a club that is able to win the big titles year after year and I don’t see that kind of future for Arsenal.
“I still have many feelings for Arsenal, but I fear that they won’t be able to push the other big clubs in England away.
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“If you look at the team this season, I can’t see them finishing in front of teams like Manchester United or Manchester City. Or Chelsea. There’s just too big a difference between the squads.
“I respect that Arsenal don’t have the same financial opportunities as the others, but it was part of my decision to leave that I find it hard to see Arsenal winning the Premier League or Champions League in the near future.”
Fabregas nearly returned to Barca last year before agreeing the £40m transfer this summer.
“It’s all about timing,” he told. “I don’t think Arsenal were willing to sell me last year and after another season without any trophies, I think they saw a need for changes. They felt they could let me go, and I am very grateful for that.
“Don’t get me wrong – it’s not like I was refusing to play if they didn’t sell me. But I did hope they would listen to my wish and they did. I think this was just the right year for me to join Barca.”
Rumours were hotting up as to whether a buy-back clause was included in the contract for Arsenal.
“That’s absolutely fine by me,” Fabregas added. “I don’t know if it’s realistic that I would return one day. But maybe I said the same thing when I left Barca, so you never know. If that was the final thing Arsenal needed to agree to let me go, then I am satisfied.”
The Spaniard said leaving his mentor, ‘second Dad’ and manager Arsene Wenger, was “one of the hardest things for me.”
“I owe a lot to him. I understand his frustration at seeing Manchester City getting every player they want because they have a rich owner.
“I hope they will replace me, and the others that have left, with some quality players and maybe they can take Arsenal back to their level as champions.”
It is hard to hear such a ruthless interview, but frankly it’s quite true. It will be very difficult to repeat 4th place this year, and it’s a shame that this has essentially become our target for the season. It will take complete consistency over the next half of the season to get up the table, Wenger believes that Arsenal can do it, do you? I certainly hope so.
Cesc has since officially denied ever giving the mentioned interview on twitter.
Id never speak 1 bad word abt AFC, here there’s once more prove that so many people put in newspaper wtv they want and its not professional. I want Arsenal to be succesfull as much as every single fan. Thats not why i left, it was never in my mind. AFC made me who i am today. And nobody will ever change that. I never gave any interview away since my press conference at my presentation and there i just said the truth and what came out of my heart. Great words abt this great football club cause that just what they deserve: succes and trophies. People can h8 me 4 leaving or remember that i gave my all for the club. But me talking 1 bad word or saying smthng against AFC will not seen
Good on you Cesc!