Has Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas matured over the last couple of seasons when he has been one of the three best players in the English Premier League?
If you ask the player, then he will say yes. Just like he says now:
I have grown up a lot since I joined Arsenal, but especially in the last year. Defensively I feel much more responsible.
It is true that before, I was playing more for myself, a little bit individually to see if people were talking about me. Maybe I wanted to show more of my own stuff, but now I don’t care. It is completely different.
I realise I am playing more for the team. If I’m not man of the match, if I’m not player of the month anymore I don’t care, because I know I’m doing extra positive things for the team and now that gives me the most pleasure.
I think you are not going to see the Cesc who always tries to do nice things anymore. Now if I have to defend for 90 minutes for the team then I will do it.
If I don’t get credit for it, then I don’t mind at all because all I want now is to win the title and to celebrate that at the end of the season with my team-mates.
I realised a few things through speaking to some of the players in training, and also seeing the hunger of the players.
That gives you more power as well, knowing that there are people like you who really want to win things. Everything comes together. The manager as well tells me that he expects more from me – I want to give everything for the club.
Somehow I cannot disagree with him. Yet personally I would like him to try some of the classic tricks that all footballers should try at times.