I think it is time to have another look at the Cesc situation.
At the moment, there has been a huge swing in popular opinion against him because of the Barca onslaught on Arsenal and the Arsenal fans through their unethical transfer pursuit .
From his early days at Arsenal Cesc made no bones about wanting to go back to Barcelona one day, partly because of the fact he was discovered and trained by them, from the age of eight; and partly because of his proud Catalan heritage.
I think initially that it was simply a statement by a young, well mannered Cesc being polite and not wanting to upset his family, friends and fellow Catalans, by ensuring them he had not forgotten his roots.
There was also undoubtedly a degree of self-interest in making such a statement, because within the Spanish State, the Catalans are a proud and distinctive race and Fabregas would not have wanted to show any disrespect. After his football career was over, Cesc would have wanted to go back without any rancour, and with his held high, whichever way his career panned out.
Many of us Gooners have been outraged by the arrogant and disgusting public pursuit of Cesc by Barcelona. A Club that financially is pretty near skint. Inevitably, some of this outrage has naturally spilled over on to Cesc.
This has all come at a particularly difficult time for Fabregas, stuck in South Africa with many of the Barca/Catalan players he would not want to offend, even when they were openly calling for him to leave the Gooners and join them at Barca, by publicly telling them to get stuffed. At the very least it would have made playing in the same team for Spain in the World Cup almost impossible if he did, and the uproar from his Catalunyan homeland would have destroyed him in the long run.
Neither would someone with his disposition want to cause unnecessary upset and despair to be caused to the club and fans that he undoubtedly loves.
Caught in the middle, Cesc has managed to upset the Arsenal fans by not telling Barca and its players to Fcuk Off, and by issuing lame statements about “nothing has been decided”. He is probably also pissing off Barca by not answering their siren call and coming out publicly demanding a transfer.
So given the above, what does Cesc really want? What are his drivers, his options, in pursuing the best career path for him as a professional footballer?
The best analogy is to look at a guy who has wonderful girlfriend, loyal, caring, doting and a great cook, who has only two flaws! She boring and she’s not the most attractive of ladies! Then he meets a beautiful woman who is a bit of a floozy, can’t cook and is interested only in having a good time and who attempts to seduce him by convincing him he is the most handsome guy on the planet (not possible, that’s me) and promising him a great love life .
To some footballers, Arsenal is great club, but can seem a bit staid when compared to the Real Madrid’s and Inter Milan’s of the football world, because, while we play great football, we are crap when it comes to winning Premier League or Cup titles.
Barcelona as a club, on the other hand, are amoral, cavalier and very shifty bast*rds BUT they have won trophies for fun over the past few seasons.
Fabregas could forgiven for reflecting, at the end of his professional career, that he missed out on winning Premier League titles, Champions League titles and getting European and World adulation by staying at Arsenal.
The conundrum for Cesc has been made more difficult because the buying policy of the Club he loves, Arsenal, has in recent years been to buy cheap, and make do with mediocre players, inevitably meaning they are unlikely to win anything for the foreseeable future.
In that context I actually feel sorry for Cesc in the choice he has to make. It will all end in tears, either for the ugly girlfriend or the sexy vixen.
What would you do? Stick with the wonderful but not so stunning girl friend and die frustrated, or go with the beautiful girl, have your brains shagged out and die young but happy?
Written by Red Arse
PS – Did anyone see that we signed a player yesterday, Laurent Koscielny – didn’t see that one coming…..