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Fabregas 'had to' leave

2011-08-15 15:23

London - Arsene Wenger insists he had to let Cesc Fabregas join Barcelona because the Spanish midfielder was no longer completely committed to the Gunners.

Wenger has fought to keep Fabregas out of Barcelona's clutches for the last two years, but the Arsenal manager finally bowed to the inevitable last week after conceding it would be foolish to hold onto a player who was so desperate to leave.

He told Arsenal's board to accept the Spanish champions' latest offer of £35 million.

Wenger had forced Fabregas to stay at the Premier League club last season, but his often lacklustre performances hinted at his dissatisfaction and the French coach couldn't tolerate a repeat this term.

"Yes we lost a world class player and we are sad about it. We did try to keep him but in the end we have to respect the desire of the player as well," Wenger said at a press conference on Monday.

"It is very difficult to get the best out of a player, he has to be completely committed to where he is.

"If you understand one thing, it is that Cesc didn't go for financial reasons. He wanted to go back to his home city.

"He didn't go because he didn't love the club. He wanted to go to the town where he was educated. It is very difficult to resist that.

"Everybody has his opinion, but you have to make decisions. It was my decision and of course I submitted that to the board and the chairman."

Although Fabregas's departure is another blow for the increasingly beleaguered Wenger, there was no sign of concern or frustration from the Frenchman as spoke of his desire to move on from a saga that had become a significant distraction.

While his critics are predicting the end of an era, Wenger believes Arsenal will prosper without Fabregas.

"This club is 125 years old this season and many big players left and the club went on. That is what we want to show, that we have the strength and unity to fight as ever," he said.

"I understand of course everyone has worries but I believe as well the club is a united front.

"Our players need the support from our fans, that is the most important thing. It is a very important period for this club and I'm confident we can go in a very successful way.

"It is important we remain united and don't let the media manipulate the fans."

Privately Wenger is believed to be frustrated at the way Barcelona have conducted negotiations for Fabregas, with the comments from the club and several of their players helping to unsettle the Arsenal captain.

But he refused the opportunity to criticise the European champions when asked about their behaviour.

"I don't want to come out on that. That would be an endless conversation," he said. "I feel what is important is to focus on our targets and we wish good luck to Cesc, who is one of the best players in the world. Life goes on."

AFP

Comments
  • RSA - 2011-08-15 15:42

    "it would be foolish to hold onto a player who was so desperate to leave"

      samaritan - 2011-08-15 16:30

      there ther an echo around here

  • Louis - 2011-08-15 15:43

    Once a GUNNER always a GUNNER. Louis.

  • brendon - 2011-08-15 16:48

    Let that bra leave same as Liverpool let Torres go and look now cash in and they will fail LOL..

  • thundacat - 2011-08-15 16:52

    And most importantly Mr Wenger, he wants to win trophies....

      InternetMan - 2011-08-15 17:20

      From the bench?

  • RacingShark - 2011-08-16 17:13

    People shouldnt start disliking Fabregas. Even if a player wants a transfer based on finances (not Fabs case) then let them go and dont hold it against them. I wonder how many people would switch to another company of they provided better Career growth and finances. Ask yourself that?

  • Mongezi Mdhluli - 2011-08-18 08:47

    Wenger is a very wise man and knows when and how to attend to situations, i like him in the whole "case" coz he always kept he's cool! like he could see that this season he's not going to win to convience this boy to stay... and he threw in the towl very soon! then the qwums with hw Barce hv conductd themslves.... he still knows what to say and when! you could swear he has no emotions! good man! as for Cesc, i totally agree with you RacingShark! he wanted a change... and fortuanatly for him the biggest Best team in the world wanted him... now that made him more eager to want to leave! i mean gtn double your salary would make you shoot the roof!!! he's going to be playing with the best team in soccer today! so one really cant blame! As he has started yesterday... may he see many more silver's.... :)

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