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'I'd Make A Fab Captain,' Says Cesc

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas says he cn be the man to lead The Gunners to Premiership glory.

Since Arsenal lost their third captain in 5 years when Henry left for Barcelona, Arsene Wenger has had to consider who will take the armband.

As soon as the posistion became avaliable, Cesc declared his interest in leading his young team mates.

His name has not been mentioned by Arsene Wenger when he has spoke of his options regarding Arsenal's next captin, instead Wenger has plumped up with Kolo Toure, William Gallas, Jens Lehmann and bookies favrouite, Gilberto Silva.

Should Cesc become skipper, he would be leading a man almost twice his own age in Lehmann, and players a decade older than him in William Gallas and Gilberto Silva.

First of all Fabregas spoke to The News of The World about the advantages of having a young side, and pointed out that Arsenal got to a Champions League final withough some key players: 'We got to the Champions League final in 2005, often playing without players like Henry, Ljungberg and Ashley Cole.

'The advantage of Arsenal is in our age. We are young, but each time we gain more experience and this year are set to spring many surprises.


You cannot deny his experience, at just 20-years-old he has already played over 100 games for Arsenal. His age means he is unlikely to be pressured with the responsibility of wearing the armband.

But that hasn't stopped Cesc from once again declaring his readyness to lead Arsenal: 'I have matured very much over the last two years and I am prepared to be the leader of the team.

'My ambition is to win titles with Arsenal, even though the chance to join Real Madrid was sensational.'




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Date:Sunday July 29 2007

Time: 2:11PM

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One of our most talented players says he wants to lead the club, and not a single comments? tut tut Gooners.
simmy8_2000
He ain't ready yet Simmo... maybe in 2-3 years time I reckon. He can lead by example in the meantime!
Andy-bayor
Wrong Andy will make one of the finest captains' we have ever had. Along with Adams this young man has all the ingredients, top player if not the best in the world, soon to be. He will captain his national side and bring glory days back to us. Would have no problem if he was appointed VC this year, what a player.
alwaysgunner
No doubt about his talents, but too soon for vice-captain even, simply because there are better candidates around. He is the creative force in the side, and I see no reason to burden him with additional responsibilites now.
prits
Sorry prits can not agree he was just 16 and we put him in the side, he has the ability and the brain of a 30 yr old footballer, youngest player for us now I think he will make the youngest skipper.(IMO)
alwaysgunner
The age is not the criteria here, alwaysgunner. I'm not knocking him coz he is 20. But he still has something to prove on his playing side, he needs to score more goals, he is not the finished product yet. He WILL make a fine captain, no doubt, just not now.
prits
alwaysgunner, no doubt about his skills and application. I just think you need someone older to captain a side. I don't think Spain will give our Cesc the armband when there are battle-hardened old hands around. Even for VC we need to wait at least a year or two, because I don't know if I want to go through "I spoke to Real and told them no thanks" every single bloody year.
Andy-bayor
prits and Andy understand both your points but I reiterate give him the VC, take a chance; as for Real bull s..t that will happen and happen and happen. They will keep knocking on his door no matter what. I believe the young man has made a promise to stay with us. I am sure this last couple of months would have been the ideal time to turn his back on Arsenal, did he No. In six years time I would not be surprised to see him go if we don't give him the opportunity to be captain. Really when all is said and done what will we lose using him as the VC? He wants the position and with Bert and Gallus and Toure (who can take turns in being captain) as advisor's, then go for it. But I bow to your better judgment and only express my point of view.
alwaysgunner
A great captain for coming years, but first that has to be earnt which for me means knuckling down, keeping a level head and spending your summers on a beach and not some Spanish boardroom.
nikolaijns
nikolaijns your not the first nor will you be the last to say he seems to hang around Spanish board rooms; do you really believe that to be true? Its more like his agent who like all agents is trying to get the best deal for the player; , (bull sh.t more like the best deal for himself). I may be wrong but I feel Ces is not that type of person, but that is my opinion.
alwaysgunner
I agree with Andy-bayor - let's wait a couple of years til we consider Cesc for the captaincy. I am a great admirer of the oldest-headed-young-player-in-the-world, but it should really be an honour for Bert or Kolo at this moment in time. Maybe if Arsene is considering Gallas for the captaincy, it is because of his propensity for being vocal not being afraid to stand up and criticise? »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
alwaysgunner, why are people in denial that Cesc held talks with Madrid? he has spoken openly of a personal meeting with the board, praising them to the rafters, yet still people claim it is media invention, has the Henry debacle hurt us so bad we cannot come to terms with other players dalliances? I hope this was a one off but given the nature of Cescs supreme abilities and the persistence of the Spanish brigades' summer pestering policies I remain sceptical, hopefully now he can instruct his grabbing agent to fend off clubs for a couple of seasons but you and I know this aint gonna happen. Cescs' just too nice and his agent by nature of his profession is a greedy shyster.
nikolaijns
This sounds like a joke.Imagine if your work supervisor was 10 years younger than you. It shows lack of respect for the more experienced (read as old) players.
k_chelski
Even Maradona, who made his debut in the Argentine first division at 15 years of age and international debut at 16, did not become captain until his mid 20s. Cesc will be our captain one day no doubt but after Gilberto, Gallas and Toure are no longer here or viable.
Gooner_Vin
I seem to be on my own with thinking Ces would be an ideal Captain but I did say and it might have been overlooked that perhaps the best way would be to make him V.C. with Gallus Toure and Bert sharing the Captain berth allowing Ces to be groomed for the position as Captain. But that is just my opinion.
alwaysgunner
Gooner_vin please dont talk to me about Maradona, cheating git; wont forget the hand of god.
alwaysgunner
Maradona who?
k_chelski
Music to Arsene's ears I shouldn't wonder!
sandgroanun
 

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