Captain Fabregas looks to guide Gunners to trophy

January 31, 2011 by   Filed under: Arsenal FC, FA Cup

If there is one man who has symbolised Arsenal over the past five years, it is Cesc Fabregas. The Spaniard has enjoyed his fair share of highs as well as lows and will now look forward to ending the Gunner’s trophy-less run that extends back to 2005’s FA Cup win.

Prior to the Carling Cup semi-final first leg against Ipswich the Spaniard warned against complacency and said that Ipswich would be a sterner test that most imagined. How right he was proved, not only in the first leg where a Tamas Priskin goal ensured the Tractor Boys had something to defend in the second leg, but also the two thirds of the match at the Emirates where they managed to resist Arsenal’s attractive drives forward.

It was Fabregas, who was at his best on Tuesday,  that helped pull Arsenal through to the final of the competition, and it is Fabregas the club will have to thank if they do indeed break their trophy-less run. His influence coursed throughout the team as he, alongside the immaculate Jack Wilshere, orchestrated an impressive Arsenal win and performance. With Birmingham to play in the final The North London club will surely be installed as favourites by football betting pundits.

Wenger hailed his “maturing” side after the game and it may well prove to be a turning point; emblematic of a season still full of promise. The fact Arsenal have gone without a trophy does play on Wenger’s mind and also that of his team. An interview with the Guardian recently revealed Wenger’s determination to right the wrongs of the past five years and win a trophy this season. But if the club were to fall into the trap of chasing trophies above all else, Wenger’s ethos he has worked so hard to instil over the past decade and a half will be gone. Arsenal are about more than trophies; they are about a style of play, the cultivation of the finest young talent and a financial model most other Premier League clubs would die for. Equally the club need them to survive, and must have their approach validated by the arrival of silverware. Second in the Premier League the club are still within a shout of winning their fourth title under Wenger. If not out-right favourites, most football bets will see them as amongst the front-runners at least.

With Fabregas as club captain the chances of that becoming a reality are vastly improved. Barcelona’s public courting of him has yet to affect his performances and as captain it is unlikely they ever will do. It is a ark of the man that he still gives all to a club he undoubtedly loves when his future most likely lies elsewhere. What a fitting goodbye it would be for one of the best players to wear an Arsenal shirt in the last ten years.

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3 Comments on "Captain Fabregas looks to guide Gunners to trophy"

  1. wisdom on Mon, 31st Jan 2011 6:25 pm 

    fabregas is d man to take arsenal to d promised land and i pray he’s injury free,and wenger should get a central defender and even if he wil b leavin in d nearest future he’s indeed a legend.

  2. eve on Mon, 31st Jan 2011 8:33 pm 

    cesc is the best player in the premiership, as he is one of the few players who plays using is head as well as his heart, i mean he thinks ahead its like he can read what the opposition are going to do. he is an incredible leader, without him we wouldnt be where we are now. he will lift a trophy or two, he has too, hes earned it, and i hope he never leaves us.

  3. Joseph Walter on Wed, 2nd Feb 2011 12:31 am 

    Undoubtedly. All things are difficult before they are easy 🙄

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