Cesc Fabregas: No winning mentality, nobody in the team has won anything
Written by Renzo on April 20, 2011 4:30
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas believes the Gunners lack the needed winning mentality to end their six-year trophyless crisis.
Speaking to Spanish magazine Don Balon, the midfielder explained that saying how the beautiful football cancels the lack of trophies is no longer a valid excuse as doing well in all competitions only to crash out when the fun begins means that at some stage you have to decide whether winning trophies is more important than developing players.
According to the Spaniard, the Club has to decide whether they actually want to win trophies or whether their objective is to bring through young players and enjoy economic stability.
Asked why the Gunners are trophyless for so long, the 23-year old replied by saying that the players lack the winning mentality and lack maturity, important factors that come from the fact that besides himself it’s the only Robin van Persie with a trophy under his name with all the others not knowing the difference between winning and not winning.
On Arsenal, Fabregas said:
From 2007 I had already started saying “we’re not winning, but we’re playing well”. And then you realise that’s no use.
You enjoy yourself, during a phase of the championship – like this year, for example, when we were still in four different competitions. And you say to yourself ‘here I have everything!’ But then that final point is missing and it’s then when you have to make a decision: either go out and win or develop players.
It’s different here. The coach is an intelligent person and the club value other things – that the team is always in the Champions League, that they fight until the end, bring through young players, economic stability.
I guess that for the board that is important. Although I imagine there will be a moment when you have to take the plunge – either you win or you don’t win.
[No trophies is] for me it’s more a lack of a winning mentality, also of maturity in key moments. We have plenty of quality but lack this bit of confidence. The problem is that the team needs to win something. That’s why it was so important to win the Carling Cup.
We needed this cup to be able to believe in ourselves as a team. (Robin) Van Persie has won an FA Cup as I have, but there’s no more. Nobody in the team has won anything. We are missing that ability to say: ‘now I know what it is to win and I know what it takes to win’.