Former Arsenal captain and star man, Cesc Fabregas has reminisced recently about his time at Arsenal on Kammy and Ben’s Proper Football Podcast.
Nowadays the Spaniard is playing his football in Serie B for Como 1907, however is regularly at the Arsenal training ground assisting with his good mate, Jack Wilshere with his duties as the Arsenal U18s head coach.
Cesc Fabregas recently talked about his career and his decisions that he now regrets. One of those decisions was to leave Arsenal and join Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona side.
In a transfer worth €29 million with a further €5 million in ad-ons, Fabregas left North London and returned to Barcelona in summer of 2011. Together with his Spanish national team teammates Iniesta, Xavi and Busquets, he formed a core in the Catalan’s midfield.
He revealed in an interview that he regrets joining Barcelona that soon as he should have waited for Xavi’s performances to drop due to his age. He stated:
“Looking back, I probably should have waited a little longer, until Xavi shut down a bit, and then go there to take his place. However, the frustration of so many years without winning at Arsenal overwhelmed me, and I decided to leave.”
Fabregas also said that it was Pep Guardiola who constantly called and texted him to join the Spanish giants, and in the end persuaded him to come. Also, the big part in his decisions were the trophies and success of Barcelona in early 2010’s, especially the 10/11 season where Barcelona done the treble and won The Champions League, La Liga and Spanish Super cup.
He also revealed that he wanted to rejoin Arsenal after leaving Barcelona, but Arsene Wenger didn’t want to re-sign him, as Arsenal already had enough midfield options at that moment in time, with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Thomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere and more already on the books at the North London club.
So Fabregas decided to join Arsenal’s bitter rivals Chelsea & that’s where the story with the Gunners came to an end…