The Independent reports that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger thinks that midfielder Cesc Fabregas has grown in maturity since his Blackburn Rovers flair-up last-season. Last season Cesc confronted Blackburn manager Mark Hughes about his negative style after their FA Cup encounter, but that is a thing of the past according to Wenger:
“Cesc is committed and you always like your players to have a winning attitude, sometimes it can go a little bit over the top but Cesc has behaved remarkably well this season – I cannot remember one incident.
“There was maybe a stage, for about six months, where he went a bit the wrong way but he corrected that very well, without any special management from me. He is so intelligent that he realised that is not the way he wanted to go. If I feel that the players aren’t managing to do it themselves then I will help them to do it. But in his case, there was no need. He apologised [to Hughes] and from then on there have been no problems with him.
“Maybe the outrage in the media prompted that but talented, great players always have a fair assessment of their performances and their behaviour. They go home and they ask themselves: ‘What did I do right today and what did I do wrong today?'”
Surely the mark of a truly great player, someone who can recognise his faults and iron them out himself!