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Cesc: There Was No Way Arsenal Would Sell Me

Cesc: There Was No Way Arsenal Would Sell Me

According to the Daily Mail, Cesc Fabregas claims that 'there was no way' Arsenal ever had any intentions of letting the midfielder join the massive (tossers) Spanish club, Barcelona.

The summer saw relentless speculation (that will not go away until Fabregas finally leaves) that Cesc was actively seeking a move away from North London to his home town club of Barcelona. The longer the rumours persisted with little to no comment coming from camp Fabregas, the more we knew it was true.

Fabregas now confirms, as if we didn't know, that his intentions were to leave Arsenal, he also confirms that when it came to Arsenal's firm stance on the player, that we were all trousers and no mouth.

Cesc said in The Daily Mail: 'Barcelona did all they could to sign me but Arsenal told me I had to stay, that there was no way they were going to let me go.

'In the end I had to stay but the content of my conversation with Arsene Wenger will remain private.'

We all know that the sad conclusion to this story is probably only 12 months or so away, but another upsetting point is that Fabregas is so blinded by love that he is unable to see how very little Barcelona did to sign him.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday September 6 2010
Time: 9:16AM


i have to say well done for keeping him even if it is for just 12 months it stuck it right up the arrogant *****e that is barca it pains me but on this one i was 100% behind you guys
06/09/2010 09:35:00
p.s you chaps want to have a look at this its wenger telling sandro where to go really funny
06/09/2010 09:45:00
The club were always in a ' damned if they do, damned if they don't ' situation. There is NOTHING wrong with keeping arguably your best player AND captain if you do not wish to sell him. When Barca were told repeatedly " he is NOT for sale "' that should have been the end of the matter. Barca need only have asked Gazidis one simple question : " What price would you sell Cesc Fabregas to us ? ". They offered £29m and then £31m, figures that they just plucked out of the air and expected us to do business. No chance. Would they have sold Lionel Messi if we had offered £31m ?
Cockney Rich
06/09/2010 09:49:00
Whatever happens next summer we won't get any less for him so making him stay another season, in the absence of an irresistible offer, was the right thing to do. We all know what Cesc's preference was but I don't think he was exactly devastated that his move is postponed either. The chance came at a bad time for Barca as the need for a short term loan and the hefty hit they've had to take on Ibrahimovic shows. They may be in a little better shape to do the deal next season.
06/09/2010 10:25:00
If this is in fact true, so much for the claim he would stay professional. If it is the case he's made these comments then he's just another spoilt child, like Adebayor.
Ozi Gooner
06/09/2010 10:38:00
Predictably the Daily Mail quote is a cut down one from an interview translated from Spanish. The fuller text gives it as "Barcelona made every effort to sign me, but Arsenal had told me to stay, which in no way I was going to refuse, and in the end I had to stay," Cesc went on to say that above all he wants to "be professional and give it everything". He refused to discuss Barca and said "What happens in the future? we'll see. I do not think of anything because if I think of the future it would not let me focus on the present and I would have a bad year." Whatever I think of the wisdom of Cesc setting this thing running in the summer he is trying, and for the most part succeeding, in being pretty mature and professional about it since.
06/09/2010 10:57:00
Don't get angry get even!
06/09/2010 11:03:00
I don't think he'll leave next summer. And I don't think our success on the pitch will be a factor in the decision. But what do I know.
06/09/2010 11:05:00
In a strange way I find it refreshing to hear from him and not Messi, Puyol, Xavi et al. I think that we can ALL guess the content of his conversation with AW, and yes, it must have been very emotional for him. Let's all take a tip from Cesc himself and " focus on the present ". We are unbeaten, second in the league and at home to Bolton on saturday. End of.
Cockney Rich
06/09/2010 11:07:00
We know one thing, if he doesn't perform 100% of the time this season the fans will get on his back very quickly. The only thing I expect of Fabregas is 100% effort. He has given no reason in the past to doubt he will, but then he gave no reason in the past that he wanted to leave, until this season. His deafening silence all summer was (IMO) unprofessional when he could of simply asked Barcelona and it's mouthy bunch of players to keep a dignified silence while he spoke with his club. As Arsenal captain that was the least I expected of him and he spectacularly failed to deliver.
06/09/2010 11:20:00
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