In an in-depth interview with Sport Magazine, Cesc Fabregas has admitted that he decided to move to Barcelona because he does not think that Arsenal have (or are close to having) a trophy winning team. Fabregas had a “frustrating” time in north London and believes that the Gunners will struggle to keep pace with the big-spending teams at the top of the Premier League.
“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.
“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.
“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.”
I am unsure what to make of these comments. As Cesc admits, he still has strong feelings for Arsenal, but his comments certainly won’t help the team morale and are slightly unnecessary. We have lost many of our first-team players this summer, and our squad has undergone a complete re-vamp; it will be difficult to asses the progress of the current squad until we are at least a few months into the season.