Back in the summer of 05 when Patrick Vieira left Arsenal for Juventus, Arsenal fans were left to ruefully ponder who would replace their indomitable Captain. Cue Franc Cesc Fabregas, the boy wonder from the fabled La Masia academy who captured the imagination of Arsenal fans and soon Paddy became a thing of the past. While Viera stirred the emotions, Fabregas cast a romantic spell on the Gunners. The valiant warrior was replaced by the flamboyant artist.
After Henry left for Barcelona, Arsene Wenger built the team around his prodigal son and while it worked wonders when Fabregas was fit, the Spaniard had too many injuries for his liking and as a result, Arsenal looked lost without Cesc. Fabregas was rightly made the Captain and he didn’t disappoint, at times he single handedly dragged Arsenal out of the abyss. Be it the glorious ball over the top or the swift one touch movement that leave the defenders with twisted blood, the golden boy had it all. Post Invincibles, no player drew more exasperations of awe from the crowd than Cesc.
However Arsenal for so much of their creativity and irresistible beauty lacked the steel when things got tough. Failed title challenges, semifinal and final defeats and the general lack of big match temperament defined the Fabregas era. The nadir was the of course the League Cup final against Birmingham. Cesc was injured and Arsenal contrived to lose. That lose derailed Arsenal’s season and the Gunners subsequently lost in all four competitions and ended the season in a whimper.
That summer, Cesc left for his childhood club. It’s fair to say that it wasn’t on the best terms to put it mildly. Although if he ever was to leave the Catalan club, Arsenal would have the option of first refusal. The Barca move did not turn out as expected. He was the main man at Arsenal but at the Nou Camp he was just another wingman for a certain Argentinian. After three rather unproductive years, he left his so called home only to return to Chelsea and play under Mourinho. What a travesty.
It’s true that Wenger didn’t want Cesc back and it has proved the correct decision. Arsenal and Arsene have moved on, we have an upgrade to Fabregas in Ozil and Sanchez is a better all round player. Surely Alexis would have been wearing Merseyside red had we chosen Fabregas.
Cesc Fabregas is one of the most graceful players to have represented Arsenal but to say he’s a legend is exaggerating things. In fact he’s tarnished himself among the Arsenal faithful after his Chelsea move and he will return to the Emirates not as a prodigal son but as a backstabbing mercenary.