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Former skipper fears for Gunners’ future

Cesc still doubts Arsenal's credentials

By | 15th September 2011

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits that he still has feelings for former club Arsenal but believes that Arsene Wenger’s side face an uphill battle returning to winning ways.

A superb Gunners squad dominated the Premier League to claim the domestic title with an unbeaten run in the 2003-04 season and although they did not repeat the following year, young Fabregas was able to come into the team to lift the FA Cup in 2005.

Following that season, Arsenal endured six straight seasons without silverware and after completing a protracted move to his boyhood club last month, Fabregas was quick to justify the transfer by winning the Spanish Supercopa as well as the European Super Cup within a matter of days.

Merely a day after Gunners new boy Mikel Arteta described Fabregas as an inspirational figure in helping him settle in at the Emirates, the former Arsenal captain revealed his continued apprehension about the future of the North London outfit.

“I needed a change in my life, that’s the truth. We weren’t winning any titles and it was very frustrating for me. I didn’t feel like I was developing anymore as I should do,” the 24-year old explained candidly in an interview with Sport.

He added: “I want to be in a club that is able to win the big titles year after year and I don’t see that kind of future for Arsenal. I still have many feelings for Arsenal but I fear that they won’t be able to push the other big clubs in England away.

“If you look at the team this season I can’t see them finishing in front of teams like Manchester United or City. Or Chelsea. There’s just too big a difference between the squads.”

Following consecutive defeats to rivals Liverpool and Manchester United, the Gunners were forced to complete five signings on the transfer deadline day but Cesc has implied that further investment may be required if they are to become realistic contenders.

“I respect that Arsenal doesn’t have the same financial opportunities as the others but it was part of my decision to leave that I find it hard to see Arsenal winning Premier League or Champions League in a near future. I hope they will replace me and the others that have left with some quality players and maybe they can take Arsenal back to their level as champions,” the Spaniard concluded.

Saturday’s early kick-off against a struggling Blackburn side provides Arsenal with the opportunity to claim their second straight Barclays Premier League win and despite Wenger’s sympathy for under-pressure opposite number Steve Kean, the Gunners are expected to claim a relentless win at Ewood Park.

Update: Cesc Fabregas just took to Twitter to clarify that he had not made any of the comments above in reference to Arsenal as he never conducted the aforementioned interview with Spanish Newspaper Sport.

Reader Comments

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  1. Bob Torrent says:

    How about checking your facts before riding on a rumor ?

  2. D Furey says:

    This piece is based on an article that Fabregas came out 15 hours ago to tell every one that the article is entirely fictitious and he had never spoken to the journalist. What a joke this web site is.

  3. trugun says:

    Absolute rubbish as usual Cesc has denied giving any interview and there is no way he would say anything against Arsenal. As usual the press is stirring it with made up rubbish. How about a headline,The press lies, I don’t think anyone would be suprised by that headline, only the honesty would cause a shock.

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