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’.