When Thierry Henry departed for greener pastures at Camp Nou in Barcelona, most football pundits felt that Arsenal were up a stump. After all, they were left without a single superstar in the team and the team was considered a bunch of talented but young players who would require some time to climb up the ladder.
Yet Arsene Wenger’s players have proved their critics wrong and star midfielder Cesc Fabregas says that they are glad to have proved their critics wrong.
The Spanish matador says:
It is true that people were taking us out of the top four at the start of the season, even placing us in the middle of the table.
I don’t think it added pressure, in fact it probably helped us more because we wanted to show everyone what we could do. It fired us up.
We knew we had the quality, we know what we can do. The important thing is always not what others believe, but what you yourself believe.
If we don’t do well then people can say what they want – but if we do well, then that will be for everyone inside the club and for the fans. That is who we are playing for, no-one else.
You want to win all the time and last season it was difficult. Each morning when you wake up and go to training, if you are in third or fourth position, it is not the same.
Now every morning when we come into training you feel ready to fight for the title, to take on the big teams, the big players, and that is why I really love being a footballer.
If we can win it, it would be amazing considering the age of the team – it would be unbelievable.
Arsenal are top of the Premier League table at the moment, 3 points ahead of reigning Premier League champions Manchester United. The Gunners are also alive in the UEFA Champions League and maybe this could be the year when the Arsenal kids construct history.