A Question Of Loyalty…

Cesc Fabregas is “100% committed to Arsenal” after his proposed move to Barcelona hit the skids. Fabregas has recently said: “I owe a lot to the club, manager and the fans and I will respect their decision and will now concentrate on the new season ahead with Arsenal.”

That’s good news for the gunners fans out there, but committing yourself to your club when you no longer have any choice isn’t really that devoted. There’s no question had Barcelona been able to afford Arsenal’s valuation then Fabregas would’ve been gone.

I must say it’s a refreshing change to see Arsenal dig their heels in and keep a player they don’t want to let go. Arsene Wenger tends to have a philosophy that if the player wants to leave then he should be sold as he’d be worthless if uncommitted to the cause.

What annoys me is the way players joke around with their fans emotions. During Spain’s on-pitch celebrations after winning the World Cup, Fabregas was wearing a Barcelona shirt. He said: “You had to enjoy it and if it’s a way to have fun, it’s nothing.” Now you can’t tell me all the Arsenal fans that saw that thought it was funny. Anyway, the lads “committed” to Arsenal for at least another season, though it seems inevitable he’ll be back at Barcelona sometime in the near future.

Fernando Torres has also committed himself to Liverpool this week.  He said: “This is the best club in the country. My commitment, my loyalty with the fans and the club is the same as the first day I signed here.”

Despite my cynical nature I actually believe he is committed to Liverpool. Rumour had it Chelsea and Manchester City were eyeing him up, but I think if and when Torres leaves Liverpool it will be to go abroad. I really don’t see him signing for another Premiership club.  Had he had the World Cup he was expected to I think Europe’s top clubs would have been fighting for his signature. But after struggling with injury last season and a World Cup as bad as Wayne Rooney, his best option is probably Liverpool where he can regain his fitness and rediscover the form that made him one of the World’s most feared strikers.

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