Fabregas in Chelsea colors.
Two things are sure to happen on Sunday in the game between Arsenal and Chelsea: there will be no extra time and there will be boos. Fabregas, inevitably, will be the target.
The former Arsenal captain’s decision to join an Arsenal rival in Chelsea has divided opinion amongst gooners. While many still feel aggrieved about Wenger’s decision against bringing him back to the Emirates and so do not blame him for going that way, some other gooners believe he should have probably retired since no other club was available after Barcelona.
Agreed, he kissed the Arsenal crest many times, played over 300 games for this club and holds just as many records in the books. He may not have led the team to a title during his time here, perhaps the only dent on him being a true club great. How could we now live with the fact that our favourite boy, who gave us stunning moments at Highbury against Juventus, who was at the centre of victorious assaults against AC Milan at San Siro and Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, both firsts in English football, would now become the subject of adoration at Stamford Bridge, the actual venue of his last Home League goal for Arsenal? No! We must make it uncomfortable for him on Sunday!
But, to what purpose?
Fabregas, to all intents and purposes, is a full Chelsea player and that should be all that matters now. Memories of his exploits for the Arsenal are, for now, consigned to the books of history. He would be the first to admit the invaluable impact which Wenger and Arsenal has had on his career and I do not see him doing anything intentional to create any aggravated anger amongst the travelling fans on Sunday. He will be surely looking forward to playing his heart out for Chelsea, as he used to do for us, and like the Chelsea fans respected that of Lampard who is of a far greater status, so must we.
How about cheering Ozil rather wasting energy jeering the old boy? The German’s performance will surely be under critical scrutiny, as being the one with whom Wenger replaced Fabregas. They are two different kinds of players, providing assists being just their only similarity. For one, Ozil can perform in a more dynamic attacking set up, drifting to the left and right of the forward line, while Fabregas is at his best in the central role. It may be sensible now to realize why Ozil was preferable for Wenger, as Fabregas would not have become a replacement for him, but perhaps for the younger players – Wilshere and Ramsey – who must be given the opportunity to be the foundation of the team for the coming years.
Mourinho is not the smartest man in the world but he could know a thing or two about taking advantage of the emotions of the day, as he did in the euphoria of Wenger1000 last year.
Let’s let Fabregas live; he’s gone – for good.
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