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Cesc: Captaincy Hasn't Changed Me - I Disagree

Cesc: Captaincy Hasn't Changed Me - I Disagree

When Arsene Wenger stripped William Gallas of the captaincy and handed the armband to Cesc Fabregas, I don't think there was a gooner in the land that questioned the professor's choice.

12 months on, and the young Spaniard says he doesn't think that being made the captain of such a massive club has changed him one bit.

'The captaincy hasn't changed me at all,' said Fabregas.

'My team-mates have done a great job for me as well, to be honest. They showed me they believe and help me with everything. There has never been any trouble so I am very happy with how things are going.'

I actually beg to differ. I think it's changed him quite a bit. He's become a better player for it. In some cases the burden of captaining a football club has weigh heavily on a player, leaving him unable to do his duties as a player, which ultimately leads to poor focus and poor leadership.

It seems to me however, that Cesc has taken it in his stride. He takes his new responsibilities seriously and strives to lead by example.

With the greatest respect to Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and William Gallas, it feels like a long time since we've had a truly great captain at the club, but finally it seems as though we've found the skipper we've been craving.

At least that's my take on it.

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Date:Monday November 9 2009
Time: 2:13PM

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Cesc has been great for real! Patrick Vieira was great captian though as far as Thierry and Gallas, thats goes without saying.
09/11/2009 14:54:00
I think Gallas was a great captain until insanity kicked in :D
09/11/2009 14:58:00
I thought Paddy was a good captain, but not the legendary one I reckon Cesc can become. Thierry was the best player we've ever had at Arsenal .. unfortunately his captaincy skills weren't very good. It's ok though, we forgive him.
09/11/2009 15:02:00
It hasn't changed him because I don't think he has done anything different. I think he's more a captain in the Zidane/ Cantona mould. Not particularly an organiser or a bawler and shouter, but somebody who is a great player who, without exception, works his arse off in every game when his quality might have gone to his head by now. I still don't think he's a great captain as such, though this side is very hard to lead as they're a quiet bunch. Like I said in the match report, Sagna asked Cesc to give Arshavin a bit of a mouthful about his tracking back and he refused. He needs to iron out that side a bit.
Little Dutch
09/11/2009 15:05:00
Agree with LD to be honest. Cesc is a great footballer who leads by example. Doesn't make him a 'bad' captain as such, just not what you call a 'captains captain'.
09/11/2009 15:08:00
I don't see much change in the way Cesc behaves per se. Rather, I notice that RvP has really matured a lot. If the armband hasn't changed Cesc, maybe, like RvP, he could try having kids?! :D
09/11/2009 15:43:00
That's very true, I think RvP has really grown some cahouns in the leadership stakes in the last year. I'll have Cesc's babies if he plays like this until May.
Little Dutch
09/11/2009 16:19:00
It will be interesting to see how he will captain the side when the chips are down. He's not the kinds who will scream and shout at the team, and simple things like telling his defence and mid field to get back while defending a lead - he's unable or unwilling to do. For me, the jury is still out on Cesc as a captain. Although his comments are all top class, feet firmly on the ground, not letting these wins influence the thought process one bit. It looks like they've learned from 2 seasons back, when all the players were talking about was how great it will be to win the title. Its different this time.
09/11/2009 19:24:00
Patrick Viera was an epitome of team captaincy; the quintessential Arsenal skipper. He was an organizer, bawler and a driver, in one; plus, he leads by example. I am in love with Fab, as our captain, but how he can be classed as a 'great captain' (having not won us anything yet; this season, hopefully) and PV is not beats my imagination. Is there something I am missing here?
09/11/2009 22:35:00
I don't think Vieira was a bawler. Maybe he drove the team by example but for me he had the benefit of captaining a side that didn't need captaining. Made up of mature players that had captained other club and/or national sides. Leading the current side is an entirely different proposition. Vieira was a very, very good player, few if any better but quintessential captain? - flirting every summer with other clubs, encouraging Cole to demand £80k a week? Not for me he wasn't.
09/11/2009 22:44:00
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