The ex-Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is fully confident that Arsene Wenger will recover from the battering he has received this season after losing both Fabregas and Nasri last summer, and thinks that the majority of Arsenal fans will support him.
“It has been painful,” said Fabregas. “It’s been painful because I want them to do well as a club, and they’re my friends and then there is the boss, who I admire so much and who I’m so grateful to.
“I don’t want to see them losing or being sad or having bad moments. Hopefully they will finish the league well. I watch virtually every Arsenal game – unless we play at the same time. I’ve watched 90 per cent of their games this season.”
“I still have a huge affection for Arsenal and it definitely makes me sad whenever I see them lose. But Arsene Wenger knows the club and players and will turn it around. Being a manager is a very difficult job and you are always criticised when things don’t go well,”
“But that happens at every club in the world and I have the perfect example of that at Barcelona, where the team has won something like 15 of the last 17 trophies yet people are now upset because this season we are second in the League to Real Madrid.
“In Spain there is 1,000 times more pressure on the manager.
“In England the fans will give the boss time and remember what he has done in the years before. In Spain they don’t even remember what you have done last week. It’s crazy.”
“When I was little, Barcelona went five years without anything and it seemed like the end of the world. Now it seems they are the best team in the world. Football changes quickly. Arsenal will be back to the top soon.”
I hope you are right Cesc, but I can’t help but think that maybe Arsenal wouldn’t be having all these problems if you and Nasri hadn’t forced your way out of the team?