Emirates captain releases statement that should please all Gunners supporters including COS’s very own Gooner.
Cesc Fabregas has today released the following statement:
“Firstly I would like to apologise to all the Arsenal fans for not speaking sooner about my future but I have not known what I was going to do until this moment.
“I cannot deny that joining a club like Barcelona was not an attractive move for me. This was the club where I learnt my football, it is my home town where my friends and family are and a club where I have always dreamed of playing. There are not many players in this world who would not want to play for Barcelona.
“I have had many conversations with Arsène Wenger both in person and over the phone over the last few months and although the content of those conversations will remain private, the conclusion is that Barcelona have had two formal offers rejected by Arsenal.
“I am a professional and I fully understand that it is Arsenal’s prerogative not to sell me.
“I owe a lot to the Club, manager and the fans and I will respect their decision and will now concentrate on the new season ahead with Arsenal.
“I can assure all the fans that now the negotiations have ended I will be 100 percent focused on playing for Arsenal.
“I am an Arsenal player and as soon as I step out on to the pitch, that is the only club I will be thinking about.
“I am looking forward to the start of the season and putting this speculation behind me.” (Official Arsenal Website)
It took him a while but he got there in the end and that’s what matters. I am glad to hear Cesc Fabregas committing himself to the club and his statement kind of explains the whole mess and whilst it would have been better if our skipper had made this statement a few weeks back.
Don’t expect Barcelona to give up though. Expect every player to say something along the lines of “Cesc belongs here” but hopefully that will die down as we get nearer to the end of the transfer window. Hopefully our captain will be suitably refreshed after his extended rest following the World Cup success.
Even though he didn’t play a huge part in Spain’s success he still showed good touches and was instrumental in the winning goal. His time on the bench must have been something of a wake up call in terms of what role he would have played at the Nou Camp if he had made a move to the club.
Now that he has committed himself to the club we can now focus on the season ahead. Hopefully we can end our silverware drought and put in a genuine fight for the title as well as challenging for the Champions League. Having gladly renewed my season ticket I am hopeful for the coming season.
Only a week until the Anfield trip, can’t wait!