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Oh Captain, My Captain

It's a not too uncommon belief that Cesc Fabregas was handed the captain's armband in a thinly veiled attempt to keep him at The Grove that little while longer.

However, it's speeches like the one we're about to review that have me now believing that Cesc is perfect captain for us.

Ever since his astonishing rise to the summit of world football in the 2005/06 season Fabregas has developed the rather handy knack of being able to say the right things at the right times, and it's quotes such as these (to go with his outstanding footballing abilities) that have Arsenal fans believing he will go on to become an Arsenal legend.

Speaking about his new job as the Arsenal skipper and our current form, the Spaniard puffed out his chest and declared war, but in a reasoned and sensible way.

'I've played under three great captains in Vieira, Henry and Gallas and spoken to one of them already. Thierry, well, what can you say about him? He was the best player in the world when he was here and he was definitely a guy you always knew would be there at the decisive moments.'

'We still speak on the phone and I will ask him about it. I have lost touch with Patrick a bit, but I would love to speak to him too about the job because he has so much experience.'

'Patrick was a truly amazing captain, he led by example. In the dressing room he was always relaxed, making jokes, talking to the guys - he was one of us. He never said too much before the games, but on the pitch you always knew you could count on him to go into war with you.'

'I never really saw Tony Adams play because I was too young. I cannot be like him but I would like to achieve some of the things he achieved.'

'But my aim is to lift a trophy. People can say whatever they want about the title race but we have only played 14 games. It is not over yet. Nothing is done and we will fight until the end. Our target is to go to Chelsea and win on Sunday. We could get some points back. The other teams have difficult games as well.'

'Chelsea have been playing really well. The times I watched them, they have played good football with quick combinations. I respect them a lot.

'But Arsenal never go anywhere for a draw.'




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The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 27 2008

Time: 9:31AM

Your Comments

'I never really saw Tony Adams play because I was too young. I cannot be like him but I would like to achieve some of the things he achieved.' Well of course he can't be like Tony, Cesc could never do 25 pints of guiness on a "birding" session! lol
LondonGooner
I'm not sure Cesc would wear a pair off p*ss stained jeans either. lol
Rocky7
.......I don't know what you are talking about! OH! you mean Tony Adams! lol
LondonGooner
cesc will be a great captain, not only does he say the right things, but his actions on the pitch reflect a true fighting spirit as well. how often have we seen him run himself to the ground in games trying to create opportunities for our strikers. keep it up cesc, no doubt in my mind you will be a legend at arsenal.
supersof
cesc should have been captain for arsenal from the start of the season. yes he is still young but he has the character and passion to lead the team. gallas should never have been captain for arsenal in my opinion. hes a cry baby who sulks if he doesnt get everything his way, the worse role model for any young arsenal fan.
chopstah
You have to love our amazing little Spaniard and yes, he is a good young leader for this young squad. I still find it remarkable how mature he appears for his age. It's a double-edged sword though, and the fact that we need to make him captain at all, says that our squad lacks leaders and that's the truth.
Andy-bayor
i agree arsenals squad lacks leadership. i think wengers plan was to recruit lots of young talented players to form a solid squad, which in theory will have a much stronger bond between them in the long run thus saving money. the arsenal team today if playing well, can beat anyone out there as shown against manU. my opinion about this method is its logical and it seems to be working...slightly, but do i think its the way to go? no. the positions they have finished in the league for the last few seasons prove it. this method will take a tremendous amount of time, not to mention the huge amount of pressure on these young talented players and the expectations that come along with such a big club. i believe they need more senior who have the experience in playing at the highest level on a regular basis to lead the team. the team they had back in 2004-2006 was phenomenal, the likes of Bergkamp, Henry, Lehmann and Ljungberg gave the team leadership and experience in knowing how to win titles, having been there and done it themselves. back then arsenal was undoubtedly the more dominant force in the league over the other top four. but since wengers method came into play, arsenal have slowly dropped in shadows of chelsea and manU with liverpool starting to overtake. i can see why wenger bought gallas into the squad for leadership hence giving him the captains armband because of his experience, but clearly it was the wrong choice. when playing bad, theres no one there to grab them by the scruff of the necks to push them to up their game. will it work in a few more years down the line when the players start to mature with one and another and everything start fall in place?maybe, but its a huge risk not worth taking in my opinion.
chopstah
 

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