Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Barcelona idiots shirt prank with Cesc Fabregas is disrespectful to Arsenal

Yesterday Spain arrived home from South Africa following their World Cup win. As you would expect the nation rejoiced. And they held a victory party where the players danced on stage and serenaded by their fans.

What you would not expect is the following:

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina was acting as the unofficial compare at the party in Madrid, when Fabregas is pushed to the front of the stage.

Barcelona defenders Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique sneak up behind Cesc and as Reina shouts: 'The future of Barcelona' his Spain team-mates pull a Barcelona shirt over poor Cesc.

To say he looked embarrassed would be an understatement. And this was a party to celebrate Spain winning the World Cup. What has Cesc and Barcelona got anything to do with that?

You have to question the Spanish players' judgement. Pique is said to be Cesc's best friend. I'm sure Fabregas can't be pleased with him. It puts him in a very awkward position and Pique must know that it is not an easy decision for Fabregas to make.

Cesc respects Arsenal. You can see that from his quotes following the World Cup final.

He said:
"This is for the Arsenal players, the Arsenal fans, the manager Arsene Wenger and all the staff. I am really proud being an Arsenal player.

"It is for all of them. They deserve it and they have a world champion at the club.

"I am an Arsenal player and I am really proud to be able to give this trophy to all the fans."
He added:
"I have had lots of texts and messages. My phone is full.
"I had a text from Arsene Wenger. He said 'Congratulations, you deserve it'. I replied 'Thank you very much' and told him this is for the whole of Arsenal Football Club, who have helped me get where I am today."
What happened on that stage was disrespectful. It was disrespectful to Cesc and disrespectful to Arsenal and their fans.

This should only go to strengthen Arsenal's resolve. We have made our position clear. We do not want to sell Cesc nor will we enter into negotiations with Barcelona for the sale of our captain.
And if they were to make Arsenal an offer, it should not be anything less than £60m.  An offer less than that would be derisory.
This shirt prank, orchestrated or not, just shows the classless way the Catalonian club are using underhand tactics which I though they were better of to woo Cesc and try and drive a wedge between him and the Arsenal fans.
I for one will not let this incident change my thoughts about him.


  1. Couldn't agree more. More than anything, the stunt puts Fabregas in a terrible place. His Spanish team mates all say 'come to Barcelona', like it's for a holiday or something. Well it's not. When will they appreciate that it's just plain rude and unsporting?

  2. We every new Barcelona tapping up story I feel we've reached a new low, but I this stunt really annoys me.

    I agree with you about Cesc being in an impossible position, but I still expect him to be at Arsenal this season.

    Our response to their antics has been too strong and it would look silly if we gave in now.