Cesc Fabregas has made quite a bit of noise in the English media following his side’s defeat to England. Firstly he described England’s performance as defensive and negative (which it was), but what did Spain expect? England aren’t as technically good, especially without some of its key players, so that kind of match was always on the cards.
Now our ex-captain has voiced his opinion on the van Persie situation.
“At his age, if he wants to move it will be his last chance and if he wants to stay he will stay and retire at Arsenal.”
The Dutchman is 28, so if he were to sign a three-year extension, that would take him to almost 33 years old. For strikers, this can be the end of their careers, especially if they rely on pace. But in van Persie’s case, he could probably continue at the top level for a few years after that. So perhaps Fabregas is wrong – van Persie could sign a new deal but make a move elsewhere at the end of the deal. Alternatively, van Persie could sign a new deal and leave the club before his contract is up. This seems to be the case with most players nowadays anyway. Regardless of all this, Fabregas makes a good point that if van Persie signs a new deal, it could be his last big contract. And it could be his last chance of getting a massive wage boost. That is why City could be an attractive option.
Fabregas went on to say:
“He would fit in at any club but I’m an Arsenal fan and I want him to stay. We will see what he decides but he’s been very loyal to Arsenal.
“For me, he is the role model of Arsenal, the star player and they cannot afford to lose him. He is a key player, the fans love him.
“He is having an amazing season. Hopefully he will be fit for the whole season.”
I can’t fault Fabregas on any of these comments. It’s just a ironic that Cesc was the “role model,” “a key player,” “the star player” and we couldn’t really “afford to lose him.” And yet he left. So let’s hope Robin doesn’t follow in his footsteps.