CESC BACKS WILSHERE

Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has said that Jack Wilshere should have taken part in the team GB at the Olympics in London. Jack Wilshere is one of the first names of the team sheet and he could have had a great chance to represent Great Britain at the London Olympics 2012.

However, the England midfielder has listened to the advice from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and has decided to pull away from the tournament. The midfielder is still trying to return back from the injury he suffered earlier this season. Wenger recently confirmed that Jack Wilshere will be missing the rest of the season as a result of this injury.

Cesc Fabregas moved to Barcelona in the summer for £ 35 million. Jack Wilshere was the man expected to replace the Spaniard, but the England midfielder has suffered a number of niggling injuries since the departure of Fabregas. Wilshere recently said in an interview that he has decided to pull away from the tournament after heeding the advice of Wenger.

He said that he wanted to give as much time as possible for the injury to fully heal. Cesc Fabregas, though, does not go along with this, as he says that the decision of representing Great Britain should have taken by the player and not the manager.

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AMBROSINI: IT WILL BE DIFFICULT

AC Milan midfielder Massimo Ambrosini has said that his team face a very difficult task in the quarter-finals of the Champions League due to the side they will be facing – Barcelona. AC Milan have been drawn against the current champions Barcelona for the quarter-final draw. Everyone pretty much admits to the fact that Barcelona are currently the best team in the world. It is also the opinion of AC Milan midfielder Massimo Ambrosini, who expects a tough match at the San Siro. AC Milan have already faced Barcelona in the Champions League this season – in the group stages. They managed a draw at the Camp Nou, while they were defeated narrowly 3-2 at the San Siro.

AC Milan come into the match on the back of the confidence inspiring 2-1 win over Roma during the weekend. It has taken them seven points clear at the top of the table. Juventus are currently the second placed team at the moment. Ambrosini praised Barcelona by saying that they are currently the best team in the world without a share of doubt. He also said that AC Milan should not be going into the match thinking about making mistakes, because if they do so, they are bound to commit some.

“We must stop thinking that we can make mistakes. Otherwise, you unconsciously get the idea in your head that you can afford to lose games. Barcelona are the strongest side in the world, it does not take a magician to tell you that. It will be a very important and difficult match for us, but also one that will give us so much motivation. The Blaugrana have so many good players at their disposal that we have to give our best,” Ambrosini told Sky Sport Italia. AC Milan will not have the services of influential defender Thiago Silva for the match.

BARCA STILL HAVE A LOT TO DO

Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said that Barcelona still need to do a lot in order to make it into the next stage of the Copa del Rey. Barcelona have qualified for the Copa del Rey final, but Cesc Fabregas has said that the club needs to perform even better in order to win the trophy this season. Real Madrid are the current holders of the Copa del Rey, but Barcelona managed to eliminate them from the competition in the last round itself. Now, they have made it into the finals of the competition after securing a 2-0 win over Valencia.

Despite making it into the finals of the cup competition, Cesc Fabregas has said that Barcelona should not become complacent because they still need to go a long way into achieving the targets for the season. Barcelona are way behind Real Madrid in the domestic campaign. They are 10 points behind Real Madrid in the league, which has put their hopes of retaining the title for the fourth consecutive season in major doubt. However, they have one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions league after securing a 3-1 win over Bayern Leverkusen in the last 16 round.

“We’re very happy and proud. Some talk the cup down, but we want to play [in] all finals. We will always try to be on top. Athletic are a great team in the making, they have great players and [it] will be a nice final. [For] now we must focus on the league, where we have much to do, and the Champions League,” Cesc Fabregas said after the 2-0 win over Valencia that helped Barcelona enter to the finals of the competition. The venue for the final has not been decided yet, but there are rumours that Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu will be chosen.

FABREGAS SLAMS ‘BORING’ LEVERKUSEN

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said that Barcelona were extremely boring in the recent Champions League encounter with Bayern Leverkusen.

Barcelona were drawn against Bayern Leverkusen in the last 16 of the Champions League. The Catalan club had the away leg as the first match. After failing to create a major opening in the first 40 minutes, Barcelona finally took the lead in the 42nd minute. After taking the lead, it was an easy passage for Barcelona to a convincing 3-1 win over their German opponents. This victory was extremely crucial for Barcelona, as they were coming on the back of a poor away from prior to the match.

Bayern Leverkusen defended extremely well in the match against Barcelona. Even after conceding the first goal, they were extremely brilliant in the defence. As a result, Barcelona were unable to play their open and expensive style of football.

It is very much expected that Barcelona would complete the job at the Camp Nou following the 3-1 result. However, Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said that Barcelona were extremely boring in the match due to the negative tactics employed by Bayern Leverkusen and also due to the tactics used by manager Guardiola in order to win the game.

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THEO BEMOANS CESC LOSS

After failing to impress many in recent seasons, Theo Walcott seems to finally come of age this season. The England winger has scored some crucial goals and provided some crucial assists. He has been one of the chief architects responsible for the revival of Arsenal from their poor start to the season.

Now, Arsenal are in a position where they can comfortably finish in the top four – provided they maintain their current form. Theo Walcott has admitted that Arsenal did struggle initially after losing both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in the transfer window.

However, looking back now, the England winger said that the loss of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas has proved to be beneficial for the club in many ways because it has allowed them to unearth new talent within the club. Arsenal lost their two influential midfielders at the start of the season and it was rightly reflected in the opening few matches. The biggest embarrassment for Arsenal came in the form of the 8-2 hammering at the hands of Manchester United earlier in the season. Many predicted that Arsenal would sink down the table pretty quickly, but Theo Walcott and others have been able to prove that it is not the case.

“I’m not saying that Cesc and Samir were individual players, they were great team players, but when you lose two top players everyone needs to come together. The manager has brought in some good additions and we are a bit more of a team, we work harder when we haven’t got the ball,” Theo Walcott said when asked about the loss of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. Even more important for the team has been the few good signings Arsenal made on the deadline day of the biggest transfer window according to Theo Walcott

CESC’S STOCK CONTINUES TO RISE

Cesc Fabregas is performing exceptionally well for Barcelona but is still the second fiddle to Lionel Messi. However he does dream big and makes sure that he manages to live up to his dream. He has already set eyes on the victory of the La Liga, the Champions League and the Copa Del Rey.

There is no doubt that he has been a star player and this can be seen with his lifting of the UEFA Super cup, The Club World Cup and The Spanish Super Copa already this season.  He has always shown a constant hunger and desire that yearns for more and more and ensures that this New Year will also bring him a lot of victories and achievements like the last.

One of the most coveted trophies that Cesc Fabregas has set his eyes on is the Champions League and he is going to give in his best shot to ensure that Barcelona manage to lift the Champions League trophy this year.

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Fabregas Still an Arsenal Fan

Despite moving to Barcelona after ending an eight-year stay with Arsenal, Cesc Fabregas seems to be extremely close to Arsenal. He has always said that he would be maintaining a close affinity with the club and he truly has kept his words. One of the main things Arsenal have been lacking in recent seasons has been a trophy. They simply have not been able to win a trophy since moving to the new Emirates Stadium. Cesc Fabregas was part of the Arsenal side that came close to winning many trophies, but ended up winning nothing. After moving to Barcelona, Cesc Fabregas won two trophies immediately. No, he says that he is hoping that Arsenal would be winning trophies in the future.

Fabregas has also said that one of his long-standing wishes is to see Arsenal end their long six-year wait for a trophy. The last trophy that Arsenal won was in 2005 (the FA Cup victory over Manchester United, in which Patrick Vieira scored the winning penalty).  Whilst the victory will forever be remembered by the Arsenal supporters, Cesc hopes for more trophies in the next few years.

Cesc Fabregas was one of the few players who had managed to lift the trophy during his time as Arsenal captain, in recent seasons and now wants someone else to lead them to glory. Speaking to Sky Sports, Fabregas said “I still support Arsenal, even though I’m now at Barca.  I’ve been extremely lucky because I’ve been able to watch nearly every game.  They started the season lacking in confidence but it now looks like they are playing well and scoring goals. They play great football, so as a Gunners fan I believe they can win thisngs.”

Even though Arsenal have not made any major signings this summer, they recovered sufficiently from their poor start to the season to be in a position to challenge for trophies this season.

I Love Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas is a midfielder for Spain and Arsenal in the English Premier League.  He is an intelligent and brilliant midfielder who can do the whole lot – passing comes easy to him, he seems at home getting tackles in, and always seems to be on hand when Arsenal are in need of a last-gasp goal!  Fabregas plays in the centre of midfield, has Arsenal, and is pushing for a regular spot with Spain after some electric performances in their Euro 2008 campaign that saw Fabregas and his team-mates dancing down Las Ramblas.

Fabregas was born on 4th May 1987 in Barcelona, and was a boyhood fan of Barca.  He was taken to Camp Nou for his first match aged just 9, and loved the club dearly – Brazilian Ronaldo became his favourite player.  He was spotted by Barcelona as a 12 year old, and went on to play in their junior teams.

Fabregas excelled in the Barcelona youth teams, and was part of the Spanish U17 team that tore all the opposition apart in 2003 – ending as the top scorer and taking home the Player of the Tournament trophy.  Aged just 16 years old, Fabregas wanted to start playing first-team football but could see that his path to the top was blocked at Barcelona by some fantastic central midfielders who were in their prime.

On 11th September 2003, Cesc Fabregas made the difficult decision of turning his back on his favourite team and moving to a club with more first-team opportunities.  Because he had not signed a professional contract with Barca, Arsenal were able to sign him for nothing.

Arsene Wenger assured Cesc that he would get chances in the first XI, and was as good as his word, fielding Fabregas for his debut in October 2003 against Rotherham in the League Cup.  He didn’t get a chance to play in the Premier League, so was not eligible for a winners medal when Arsenal clinched the Premiership, but was happy to be learning from the likes of Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva.

Fabregas made his breakthrough at the very start of the 2004/05 season.  With Vieira injured, Cesc was given his first start in the Community Shield against Manchester United, and performed admirably.  More opportunities followed, with his determination and goals proving that he was good enough, even if he was only 17!  He helped Arsenal win the FA Cup (on penalties over Manchester United), and was trusted so much by Arsene Wenger that Patrick Vieira was allowed to leave.

Cesc became a fixture in the Arsenal line-up over the ensuing season, forming good partnerships with Gilberto Silva and Mathieu Flamini.  As well as cutting defences apart with his razor-sharp passing, Fabregas pitched in with some important goals.  He suffered disappointment with Arsenal when they were unlucky to lose against Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League Final.

Thierry Henry’s departure saw Fabregas’ stock rise further, and he became the heart-beat of the team, captaining Arsenal on numerous occasions ahead of become the official captain in November 2008, taking over when Wenger lost faith in William Gallas.

Fabregas first caused a stir for Spain in 2003 at the U17 World Championships, scoring goals and putting in match-winning performances – Spain were unlucky to lose to Brazil in the final.  Spain finished runners-up again in 2004, and Cesc won the plaudits of Luis Aragones who watched intently from the sidelines.

Cesc was given his first-team debut in 2006 against Ivory Coast, becoming the youngest player to feature for Spain in 50 years.  He became a regular squad member, and travelled to Germany World Cup 2006 as a reserve midfielder, playing twice.

Fabregas started as substitute midfielder in Euro 2008, but soon made himself irreplaceable for Spain – scoring important penalties and creating goals in the Quarter and Semi Finals.  He started the Final, and Spain held out a 1-0 win to win the cup for the first time in their history.  Fabregas was named in UEFA’s ‘Team of the Tournament’.