Fabregas named as captain

Cesc Fabregas has been confirmed as the new permanent captain of Arsenal. Hooray! The start of a new era at the club? All the details here.

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10 Responses to “Fabregas named as captain”

  1. Michael Sheppard
    November 25, 2008 at 9:31 am #

    I am glad that the captaincy has been taken off Gallas. He was never a leader of ‘men’ as was evidenced in his reaction to the Eduardo Silva injury last year. His continued selection was a mystery to a lot of true Gooners around the world.
    I am glad that Cesc has a chance to prove himself. Him maturity in filling the void when Patrick Viera left for Italy, and taking the lead role in the midfield, has been one of the highlights of being an Arsenal fan since the unbeaten season.
    I am one of those who believes this is not too much too soon. I think he will rise to the occasion and begin a new era of success. His form and consistency this season has been patchy. The crisp passing moves and interplay which has been the hallmark of his game have not been up to his own exacting standards so far this season.
    Tony Adams was a bit of a drunken lad about town until he took on the captaincy. He then rose to the occasion and became an icon, not just for Arsenal, but for England.
    I believe Cesc will follow in his footsteps.

  2. gazgooner
    November 25, 2008 at 9:32 am #

    Fabregas as captain – well that’s confirmation that he’s on his way in the summer! Henry, Vieira – captaincy is the poisoned chalice at Arsenal. Our captains are destined for other leagues in big money transfers. Nothing is surer now than Fab’s departure to Barcelona in the summer.

    So inept and poor are we with sub-standard juniors playing in the toughtest league in the world, that the pressures on Fabregas have been enormous. He’s had to add to the expectations of him being the playmaker to also being the ball winner to being the organiser to now being the captain. All of this whilst his protectors have been sold off and he’s still really a youngster himself. Its simply too much to put on young shoulders whilst those around him shirk any semblence of integrity and ability.

    Pretenders who are simply not up to Arsenal standards now earn obscene sums parading around the park as his peers. Song, Denilson, Diaby, Bendtner, Adebayor, RVP are just not good enough and are a disgrace to the famous red and white of the Arsenal.

    Saturday’s debacle against Man City showed a team bereft of leadership, of spirit and of ideas. Woeful defending highlighted the need for a STRONG CB who can lead, a bulldog DM and a striker who is not a prima donna.

    These are dreadful times at the club I love and it’s no fun seeing the manager blindly believing in players who range from mediochre to plainly awful.

    When will AW realise that his dogged stubborness is his huge achillies heel…..

    One thing is now clearly etched in stone. Fab is on his way to Barca….history tells us that.

  3. RBP-The Next RVP
    November 25, 2008 at 9:37 am #

    i think this is what the team needs, personally think the players relate better to Fab than Gallas.

  4. Michael Sheppard
    November 25, 2008 at 9:40 am #

    Gazooner,
    I can tell you are a passionate fan on the Gunners. I agree with you on a lot of points, especially with regard to some of the prima donnas. RVP’s shoulder charge against Stoke was not just a moment of madness. It was a symptom of the enormous egos which come with money and acclaim at am early age.
    I disagree with you on whether Cesc will be staying or jetting off to Spain. I truly hope you are wrong and that he has the foresight to see what staying at the Emirates and proving himself as a captain can do for his own career as well as the team.
    What has been the fate of Viera and Henry since leaving? Cesc can read as well as you or I.

  5. godfrey
    November 25, 2008 at 7:11 pm #

    Be it true or not true that Fab is leaving,mine is only this:i suport him as the cap and hope he will prove his ability.Leadership is not a mater of age but it si putting your skills and innovation to team work to yield results.Lets enjoy tonght’s game under new captainancy

  6. Neilo
    November 25, 2008 at 7:30 pm #

    Hopefully as captain Cesc can impress on AW the importance of finally bringing in some extra bodies in January. If this doesn’t happen, then I feat the temptation to move to a team which is more progressive, resourced and strong throughout the pitch will be too great to resist and that club is Barca. The time is NOW!
    Neilo

  7. NIGEP
    November 25, 2008 at 8:15 pm #

    Liverpool, it pains me to say, are jumping around in first or second place in the EPL/

    Yes I know this is an Arsenal blog, and if you have ever read it before you will know that nothing will ever shake my belief in Arsenal, but I mention this thing about Liverpool Insolvents because of something rather curious.

    There is an article in the Guardian today in which the Carragher fellow (the one who was banned for throwing a coin at fans at Highbury) asked fans of the I’s to be patient, after the Scousers booed their own team during the weekend’s home game against Fulham.

    Fulham, of course, play negative football. They are more interested in negating than creating. Survival is the idea, and who cares what it does to the crowd. We all know that. It is true of many EPL clubs.
    The Guardian says, “Jeers greeted both the full- and half-time whistles at Anfield, which has not witnessed a league defeat for Liverpool in 2008, while the midfielder Lucas was targeted by supporters as the Brazilian made his sixth start of the season in place of the in-form Xabi Alonso.”

    That is interesting, because since most of us spend our time thinking about Arsenal we can lose track of the fact that the lack of faith we see among some visitors to the Ems is found even more volubly in the backwaters of the north west.

    Such a report does show the need (if it ever needed to be shown) for Arsenal supporters to be positive about the team no matter what. Especially as at the moment we are giving our even younger youngsters games because 20% of the team have been injured, not while playing or training for Arsenal, but while playing around for pathetically stupid international requirements. (At least when I say that this time I can’t get a load of abuse from people calling me a racist for criticising Togo, when I am simultaneously criticising England).

    The demand for success-success-success is a constant among the larger clubs in England, and it is never going to be possible to meet all the time. What we must not do is be seen to be the same as the people from the wild badlands where the hub cap is currency and “Calm Down” is the standard greeting.

    Gallas needs support, our new captain needs support, whoever is at right back needs support, and whoever is playing alongside Van Persie needs support.

    Tell you what though – can you imagine the reaction on the day that Eduardo is announced as a substitute for the first time – even if he doesn’t come on the pitch.

  8. raymond
    November 25, 2008 at 8:25 pm #

    CESC Fabregas’ Arsenal. That sounds a little better, doesn’t it?

    Of course he’s a risk, but which Arsenal captain of the last 20 years has not been? You had powder-keg Patrick Vieira and his regular flirtations with abroad, moody Thierry Henry and his regular flirtations with abroad, slightly mad Chelsea recruit William Gallas and 21 year-old developing alcoholic Tony Adams.

    To the best of my knowledge, Cesc does not get sent-off twice a season, did not play for Chelsea, is not mad and does not have a drink problem.

    Add to that the fact he is genuinely world class, is in his sixth year at Arsenal, is intelligent, articulate and plays with passion and you have someone who really does tick all the right boxes. His recent form has been poor, but to borrow that horrible but very true cliché, form is temporary and class is permanent.

    Cesc may leave one day, but he can stay here three or four years and still be only 24 or 25. That’s not old. He will remember how quickly things can change as well. Right now it feels like we’re back to where we were when Gallas took the armband 14 short months ago.

    I initially plumped for a Clichy captaincy, but the more I think about it the more right this feels.

    So what of Gallas?

    By that I mean every possible opportunity to jump on Gallas was taken up with relish by critics who steadfastly ignored anything positive. Even when they had no choice but to acknowledge a good performance against United, the footage of him instructing Walcott was twisted to suggest it was some kind of one off.

    St Andrews wasn’t clever, but just because the pictures were dramatic it doesn’t make true the implication put across that it was the primary reason for last season’s failure. Equally, Gallas has played his part in this season’s defeats. But to believe they would not have happened without him is wishful thinking.

    Imagine it. An away draw, one defeat all season, three points clear with 11 to play and you change your captain because he reacted over emotionally on a very emotional day? For all the flack Gallas took at the time, I can’t remember anyone saying he should actually be stripped of the armband there and then. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

    Whether he should have lost the armband in the summer is a far, far fairer question.

    But going back to the blame Gallas’ shouldered, can you remember a single instance in the written or broadcast media where Kolo Toure’s fairly obvious decline in form has been cited for things not going particularly well? I can’t.

    Every time there was a chance to paint Gallas as adrift from his team-mates, the opportunity was leapt upon. Footage such as this and the way a fair few players went out of their way to congratulate their captain after a meaningless goal against Twente painted a less obvious picture.

    No doubt there were tensions, but the black and white idea of Gallas being either liked or hated by his team-mates is an easy conclusion to draw. As a club, Arsenal are renowned for keeping things very much in-house. The vast majority of what goes on behind closed doors staying behind closed doors and much of what does come out is stuff they are very happy for people to know.

    Witness how no UK national media outlet broke news of the Gallas decision on their web-sites on Friday. It was only after agencies picked up a francefootball post that they got a sniff of what a couple of blogs were already reporting.

    And where were all those inside scoops detailing the furious half-time bust-up before Gallas opened his mouth? Nowhere.

    It means we have to sit through post-match analysis which taken seriously would constitute an insult to our intelligence, but I can live with that.

    So what kind of reception can Gallas expect tonight? A decent one I suspect. For those of you who don’t get to games, a fair gulf has existed between the carping in the media and on the blogs and what the fans at the games appear to think of our now former captain.

    If he can now fight his way back and be a positive influence, I for one won’t be complaining. In different circumstances his outburst would have caused far less excitement. He was not the right captain (in hindsight could any player less than a year out of Chelsea ever be?), but I just feel his mistakes have been misadventure more than anything malicious.

    The club yesterday wheeled out senior pro (!) Gael Clichy for the obligatory pre Champions League presser in a decent bit of PR. You have to love the Clich. He said all the right things: praising Cesc, admitting Gallas made a mistake but paying proper tribute to him.

    Tonight is a biggy. You sense that if we are to qualify, tonight might well have to be that night. In particular, it’s a big one for the defence. A 0-0 draw will see us through, while a 1-1 would leave us needing to avoid disaster in the final round of games to qualify by my maths. A Porto loss in Turkey would be handy too.

    The team will be something extraordinary frankly. We’re without our first five wide players (Rosicky, Nasri, Walcott, Eboue and Diaby) and our first three right-backs (Eboue again, Sagna and Toure). Two of our top three strikers are also out.

    Could we possibly see Djourou right-back, Song and Gallas in the centre and Silvestre left-back, with Clichy left midfield? Or will Song, Denilson and Cesc be strung across the middle? I don’t know.

    Come on you Gunners!

  9. Naeem
    November 25, 2008 at 8:31 pm #

    Number 4 on your screens .. number one in your hearts … Francesc “Fabulous” Fabregas ..

  10. jebo75
    November 25, 2008 at 8:32 pm #

    yeah….now. 1 problem solved!! that’s great then it’s time to lokk after what the boss is tryin’ to buy in the transfer window to select the co-runner of the midfield…

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