Cesc Fabregas denies “invented” interview – Annoyed Gervinho ready for action
Written by Jeff Patterson on September 16, 2011 8:00
Yesterday, a story was released featuring an interview with former Arsenal skipper, Cesc Fabregas. It was picked up by several trusted news sites, and was reported as fact, despite no source being revealed.
In the ‘interview,’ Cesc reveals that he left Arsenal because he felt the Gunners had no prospects for trophies in the future, and that he needed to be at a club who could compete every year.
To be fair, it’s not an unrealistic viewpoint, and I would have had a hard time being angry at Cesc for stating what many of us probably feel ourselves. This club is certainly a work-in-progress at the moment, and we go into every matchday feeling like literally anything is possible, both good and bad. But to hear it from a former player, one who the fans still hold in high regard, would have left a very foul taste in the mouths of Gooners.
However, moments before I began writing what was to be a very different article, Cesc struck back, and, at least in my eyes, reestablished himself in our good graces. The article caused quite a buzz on twitter, leaving many Arsenal fans outraged, but Cesc was quick to respond.
From Cesc’s twitter account, @cesc4official:
“I’d never speak 1 bad word [about] AFC, here there’s once more proof that so many people put in newspapers [whatever] they want and it’s not professional.
“I want Arsenal to be successful as much as every single fan. That’s not why I left, it was never on my mind. AFC made me who I am today…
“And nobody will ever change that. I never gave any interview away since my press conference at my presentation, and there I just said… The truth and what came out of my heart. Great words [about] this great football club [be]cause that’s just what they deserve: success and trophies”
It’s so easy for us Arsenal fans to buy into this kind of tactic, because of what I like to call “faux-Gunners,” players like Adebayor and Nasri, who will kiss the badge one minute, and spit on it the next. It’s easy to forget that everyone is not the same.
Cesc is a true Gunner, I have never doubted his love for this club (his desire to play here, but never his affection for it). What I have come to realize in the past month since he left, is that Cesc is a Gooner, the same as Wilshere, or Henry. He’s as much a fan of the club as you and I, and I hope to see him at Arsenal again in the future.
In other news, Gervinho is eagerly anticipating his Premier league return, or as I like to call it, “Gervinho’s Premier League Debut, Take Two.” After getting slapped with a 3-match ban for his row with Joey Barton in Matchweek One, Gervinho has had to watch from the sideline as Arsenal stumbled out of the gate in the early domestic season.
“It has been a stop and start season for me,” the Ivorian told skysports.com. “I took the red card and I am annoyed with myself.
“I have not played in the Premier League at home so far so thank God the waiting is over. I am looking forward to my return this weekend.”
Arsenal are obviously a more dangerous attacking side when Gervinho is in the squad, so hopefully his return can lend a spark to an offense that has been struggling to sputter to life thus far.
The most important thing for him is to stay on the pitch, indeed, Arsene Wenger’s side can ill afford more slip ups like the combined 8 games that Arsenal players missed due to suspension in August. The squad is deeper, now that the new signings are beginning to settle in, but that doesn’t mean this club can afford to be without it’s best players for longer than it has to.
Injuries take a big toll, that can’t be avoided (apparently). Suspensions, on the other hand, absolutely can be avoided, and must be avoided, if this club is going to find any consistency.