Just hours away from the world’s greatest football event, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, surely nothing could dampen a football fan’s mood; except maybe a break-up or a death in the family, for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, a death in the family is exactly what happened to every single Arsenal fan this morning. It happened the moment Cesc Fabregas officially joined Chelsea on Thursday, and even posed for a photo with his brand new, number four, blue jersey. The Fabregas every Gooner knew is dead.
If you find an Arsenal fan today, or in the coming weeks, drop whatever it is your’e doing and give them a hug. They all feel like this.
Fabregas agreed to join the Blues on a five-year deal. There isn’t an official figure, but it is believed that Chelsea paid around €25 million for the Spanish midfielder. What a bargain. A world class midfielder for such a small amount of money? Fabregas will surely be of of the main cogs in the machine that is Chelsea this upcoming season. No one on that roster is better in the center of the field at the moment. Look for the Spaniard to start a great deal of matches along side Nemanja Matic. All of a sudden the midfield at Stamford Bridge is one of the most terrifying in the Premier League — and even Europe.
When Fabregas left the North London club in 2011 to go back home to Barcelona, the consensus was that everyone, including Arsenal fans, were happy for the Spaniard. He would return to the team that gave him his first opportunity and saw him grow. He would return a team where he had life long friends. The idea was that if Fabregas ever wanted to leave Camp Nou, the Emirates would welcome him back with open arms.
Clearly, this wasn’t the case. But, Gooners don’t have a right to be angry at Fabregas. He had every intention to return to the Gunners, and Arsenal had none.
In an open letter on his Facebook page, Fabregas wrote, “Yes, everyone knows that Arsenal had the first option to sign me. They decided not to take up this option and therefore it wasn’t meant to be. I wish them well in the future.”
It’s hard to believe Arsenal passed up such an opportunity, especially when the main reason they aren’t the current Premier League champions is lack of depth. Sure, Arsenal already has Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere in the central midfield role. But, Ozil, Wilshere and Ramsey all missed a considerable amount of games due to injury. How would have the Gunners fared if instead of Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta, they had Cesc Fabregas? We’ll never know.
Look for Fabregas to have a good world cup, and then a tremendous stint under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.