As Arsenal fans, we have had to get used to seeing some of our best players leave the club in recent years, for one reason or another. Some, like Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie, have turned instantly from hero to villain because of their reasons for leaving and the way they did it. Others, like Thierry Henry, will always be remembered as club legends.
The Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas used to fall into the second category, even though he forced his way out and left Arsenal with a huge hole in the team. We understood, I think, because he was going back to his boyhood club, Barcelona, who just happened to be on top of the world at the time.
That and the way Cesc spoke about Arsenal being in his heart kept the relationship between Gooners and the Spaniard strong, but this summer has seen that relationship tarnished to the point where Fabregas could soon find himself in the group of former Gunners that gets serious abuse when they play at the Emirates.
Choosing Chelsea was bad enough, but now the words of Jose Mourinho claiming that Fabregas never really wanted to return to Arsenal have driven another wedge between player and fans. Cesc used to say things like, he would never play for another Premier League club, but we know things change in football and as long as we thought that Arsene Wenger had left him little choice after deciding not to exercise his buy back option, there was still not much animosity towards our former captain.
But Wenger’s response to what Mourinho said, as reported by Arsenal.com, suggest that the Frenchman feels a little betrayed.
He said, “I think people came out and said he wanted to go to Chelsea. I don’t know who tells the truth here or not. He landed where he wanted to go.”
It seems like there is more to this story than meets the eye, so do you think the Arsenal fans will turn on our former favourite?