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Time To Move On As Cesc Commits To Arsenal

Cesc Fabregas has finally spoken regarding the speculation regarding his future at Arsenal.

The Spanish midfielder had started to come perilously close to burning all his bridges in North London until he finally got back to training yesterday and had another chat with Arsene Wenger.

Fabregas has always handled the speculation brilliantly, that was until he got together with a bunch of classless pricks for the World Cup at which he seemed to get caught up in the hype. But it seems that having got back to London, Le Prof has weaved his magic.

Cesc said '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 learned 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 the world who would not want to play for Barcelona.'

'I have had many conversations with Arsene 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 per cent 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.'

I was worried about what Cesc might have to say, but after this summer of uncertainty, I think we've come out the other side about as well as anyone could have expected.

I'd just like to say a massive 'thank you' and 'congratulations' to Arsene Wenger for having the balls to do what's right, and stand up to the bullies of Europe, it would have been easy just to accept the 30 Million (or possibly more after Cesc confirmed there were two offers), you have done this club and it's fans proud.

It's now now time to put all this behind us (for 12 months at least) and look forward to a new season of scintillating football.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 6 2010

Time: 2:10PM

Your Comments

Cheers Rocky, that's just what I wanted from Cesc.COME ON YOU GUNNERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cockney Rich
Don't jump the gun gooners. I too am happy with his response. He's doing the offski, probably with Wenger, sooner rather than later. Order your drinks at the last chance saloon! Just my opinion.
Clive 49
Jump the gun? He's said he's staying, and we all know it's probably just for a year ..... but at least that's a year we won't have to listen to your witless monotonous drivel. It really is a great day all round :)
Putting this sordid saga behind us is a massive boost to our title challenge this season. Barca underestimated our club's strength and resolve. The club management deserves great credit
You must be bloody raging Clive. You're as desperate as those whoremasters at Camp Nou! Ha, ha, ha, bloody ha! The media are pretty ticked off too. None of their much touted transfer sagas have come off! Serves them right.
No one gives ***** all about your opinion Clive. Cesc Fabregas is an Arsenal FC player, live with it you miserable ****.
You are all wrong! I'm delighted! I always suspected he would stay another season. His thunder like face yesterday confirmed for me that it's the last hurrah. Don't be bitter gooners, you've had a good innings.
Clive 49
I wonder if you'll be delighted when he rips you a new one like he did at the Grove last year. Still cheers me up to watch your clown like defending on the restart.
This is sexy news.
You hang on to that memory Rocky. I'll just wait for the fat lady to sing. (She's clearing her throat.)
Clive 49
I've got many more like it. Bergy scoring in the pouring rain, Henry running the length of the field in both directions, winning the title at WHL, Adebayor emptying your entire ground in about ten seconds, watching Spurs poo themselves at the mere thought of CL football (Something I'll asume will happen again). That fat lady has been clearing her throat for many years, yet she somehow can't seem to find a note. Shame that.
Credit to Wenger and the club management. They have made the club proud and set the standards for dealing with the bullies from Spain. This is such great news and should get the team starting on a firm footing. As for Clive; eat your heart out, you..... We have got Cesc Fabregas!
******** bring it on
*starting the season*
I like that statement. It's honest. No attempt to deny his desire to go to Barca, no denying any of what the media reported. There are still lots of idiot gooners out there who think all of this was a great big media invention and that Cesc never asked to leave. I do expect him to leave next summer, tho will be delighted of course to be proven wrong. "that was until he got together with a bunch of classless****s for the World Cup at which he seemed to get caught up in the hype" - I don't think that's a full explanation of why he'd decided to go. I think watching his teammates act like lazy, clueless passengers in the last few games of the league while he was recovering from injury (after fighting like hell with an almost broken leg) certainly affected him. All season long Cesc had made statements to the press about not having any excuses for our defeats, about the need to fight, he'd made some critical comments about the team's performances. Plus I think he was also affected by the Barca CL tie. Couple that with being back home recovering from injury hanging out with his family, friends, Barca pals -- well, it all influenced his decision to have a conversation with AW.
Clive 49 and all your VS pals, will you be all over and completely on top of young boys, or will you come from behind ? I bet you are looking forward to giving them a good roasting, and enjoying a climax at WHL.
Cockney Rich
This is fantastic news! A strange likeness but I compare this to Back To The Future, when George McFly has been bullied by Biff for years, then finally George has had enough when Biff is trying it on with Lorraine and then are so angry George knocks out with one punch. Except for George, Biff and Lorraine, read Arsenal, Barca and Cesc. That final KO is what we have dealt Barca now with Cesc telling us he is staying. Happy days!
Most wouldn't have been aware that two formal offers were made and rejected - we were only told about one. The noise from Barca was beginning to sound like self-mockery. They could have handled it all much better and it is to their eternal discredit that they didn't. If you can't be the with the one you love, love the one you're with. Even if it's just the love for your Alma Mater it's good enough for now.
Cockney Rich, ask Wenger and the strange "hold" he seems to have on your youngsters.
Clive 49
Sorry Clive 49 but I don't know what you mean mate. I was harmlessly asking for your thoughts on your FIRST EVER CL tie.
Cockney Rich
OT rant: int'l friendlies scheduled a week BEFORE the season's start and so soon after the wc. Cesc, Vela, Nasri (and probably more gunners) are all traveling long distances (esp. the 1st 2) for friendlies. Now I am personally looking forward to seeing what the new French and Brazilian squads and managers will look like (Brazil play the US in the US next week) but I didn't need to see them so soon. What's even worse than the effect this has on European clubs is the effect on the teams playing in the Copa Libertadores final. Yesterday was the 2nd leg semifinal bet. 2 Brazilian teams (UNBELIEVABLE game!!! made the Inter-Barca game look utterly tepid and forgettable). The Libertadores (S.America's CL) tournament was postponed at the semi stage for the wc, so it just re-started. So Chivas of Mexico and Internacional of Brazil have reached the final. Both teams have players called up for friendlies next week. So they can't play in the CL final. The stupidity of this scheduling beggars belief.
NOT FIRST EVER CL. Despite your ilk thinking football started when Murdoch and his ilk started rebranding everything, it is lazy and wrong to say it is our first ever CL. tie. Same with 'Premiership'.
Also staying - Eboue First CL, correct and not lazy, and arsenal were winning titles since the 30s so no talk about our 'ilk' having short term memories, we arent Cheslea
I would like to see Wenger take the opportunity to start the replacement process sooner rather than later. Obviously we need to exploit Cesc as much as possible whilst we have his services, but he clearly has one foot out of the club. Its too early for Wilshire so as LD says: its going to be a big season for .Nasri
Sir Henry
yep Clive49 you are right, just look at Cecs 'THUNDER LIKE FACE' from yesterday....,19528,11670_6297739,00.html
Lordjohnny we are not saying it's your first EUROPEAN game ever, that would be false, it is your first CHAMPIONS LEAGUE foray in it's current format. Think (by reading what other VA posters have said) before engaging mouth.
Be fair Up4Grabs, it's a pretty tall order asking a spud to engage brain before opening mouth. They haven't got one full stop.
I would pretend to hide the fact that he would prefer to play for Barcelona if he could because that is clearly the truth.
There you go. Finally all of it stops. Cesc is a gooner not a goner. take that BARCA you slimy ****s
Mr Arsenal, I look at the whole picture and not a snapshot. If you are implying Cesc is happy to stay at Arsenal, you sir, are a cad!!
Clive 49
Why are you so butthurt over the fact that a player who has been with the club since he was 16 is not leaving Clive 49. Oh wait, I forgot that Cesc is humiliates Spuddies everytime he plays them.
Yes I missed all the mitigating comments. Where are they, question mark- as julieloveswritingpunctuationandcallsmebrainlessohtheirony might assert.
why did it take so long for him to say this, after 2 bids were rejected casue if he wanted to stay, he would of said it after the first bid, but he kept hes mouth shut hoping, only reason hes stayin is casuae of the fee could not be agreed, not casue he wants to stay
after the match at the lane im sure ull have plenty to worry about rocky, he may not be able to BALE ye out
123, why you persist with this line beggars belief because it is the obvious and we have not denied it here; Cesc will leave us some day! We know that!! Even he is honest enough to state that: "I cannot deny that joining a club like Barcelona was not an attractive move for me". He said what we all knew; but, like I have already clarified to you, it takes all parties in a transfer to agree and this was not the case here. Period.

Does he really scare you spuds that much?? You have kept babbling since his return and got even worse since his little announcement, for God's sake.
I don't know if its related but my browser crashed immediately as I finished reading that joke. "he may not be able to BALE ye out". It's right up there with "Ar2ena1". (sorry for feeding the troll but I had to)
Thanks, Gronedrone. I guess that's my answer right there. 2 goals in 43 seconds. Ha! ha!! ha!!
Is it just me or does anyone else share the same view, but since their win at WHL and their "achievement" of getting in to the CL qualifiers this site has become populated with VS contributors and the level of comment (and wit) has dropped significantly. They are obviously besides themselves with jealously that Cesc is not leaving this season, I don't recall Spurs putting up much of a fight to keep Berbatov when a bigger club came calling. Cesc's decision to stay even if it is only for one season shows his feeling for the club, and he will give his all for this season because that is the character that he is.
You're missing the point of the posts of people like 123spurs and TRH. They are not here to leave engaging comments, they are here for one reason and one reason only. Trolling! The trap we fall into at times is that we assume that these people are actually genuine in their comments and not come on here to wind you up.
But all you guys are missing the fact that by his own choice he would have left you.
so it ok for rocky 7 to make a point an i make similer comment an have a go at me.....hey 30 mil for lazy ass was worth it an hes is pants with man utd so no loss there, also stayin one more season shows love, thats how stupid yer brains think if bid was accepted he would of been gone if abid was accepted he would not of turned it down, simple as that
thank you willy 3 very hard to try an explain to this lot.
From a Chelsea fan, Congrats to Arsenal for keeping such a brilliant player in the PL..Barcelona needed to realize that their bullying wont be let to run in the PL so easily..Good effort..
Who've we got? Cesc Fabregas.
The enevitable has been delayed, great news for you guys he's a fabulous player & you now how 12 more months to find a replacement for him. Clearly Barca don't really need him enough yet to cough up mega bucks i.e the 40m+ that hes worth. You should hold out next summer for what hes really worth, 30m is a pathetic offer for such a talent.
And as for "grouvillegooner"s point about Berbatov. I think you will find that Levy played serious hardball scamming Utd out of 30.75m plus a player on loan for him, what the HELL are you on about fool. Levy is as tight as they come and im sure you would agree that 30.75m is a cracking deal for Berbatov fine player that he is. And if Barca offered 40m Cesc would have been long gone already, instead of 12 months down the line.
Enough for me. He was honest.unlike Adebayor and Henry.. He knows and we know he was tempted real bad to join Barca fair enough.. But now his mind is on Arsenal and as long as he gives his 100% (as he always has) I will sing his name as loudly as I always have.. We love you Cesc.
HY- 40 million would've bought Cesc Fabregas?? I don't think so. That's an insult and it would've been dismissed as one as well. But Spud fans are quite right to feel complacent because they've got nothing in their squad that a team like Barca or Real would want. They're definitely safe. We've got two world cup finalists (one a champion), a reflection of our earlier World Cup Winning Team. No wonder the wolves are sniffing round us.
40 mil for player who cant get into the national team, sajit, when was he honest why wasnt he honest when the bids were made, he was licking hes lips, why now after not for sale sign, the funny thing is actually ye believe he was staying all along and wanted to stay, you can tell by hes body language he had no choice but to stay for one more season
50 million + is the price for the best attacking central midfielder in Europe. Judging by your spelling and the fact you struggle with sentences im going to guess you are not really a body language expert 123? Anyway shouldn't you be off getting ready for young boys in w@'kdorf?
I did say 40m PLUS Julie. But please feel free to go off in another idiotic rant my dear.
cool down iceman, you'll melt, im waiting for wenger to send on on vids, im sure he has plenty........
Except HY all the other spuds here are burning with envy. Dont let Cesc staying with us consume your lives my friends.
I bet Arsene is burning with jealousy that Harry got the Young Boys...
Ancelotti enjoys only brazilian young boys eh TonyBlue?
123, he was man enough to admit that he wanted to join Barca , better than waht Adebayor did to us.. I wont read too much into the body language nonsense.. Knowing Cesc, he should be putting in 100% every time he is out on the field. Good enough for me.

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