Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas revealed that he felt that Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri were the only players on his level during his time at the north London club.
Fabregas was interviewed by Arseblog where he discussed how his move to the Gunners came about, what it was like living in London as a teenager, Arsene Wenger, players in the dressing room, his development as a player and person in addition to his departure.
In comments relayed by Sky Sports, the Spanish international revealed how he struggled to sleep not only because of losing games but also due to the pressures of being a captain, and said how some of his teammates would laugh and talk about going out later during his suffering.
These are relatively dark memories of some of his teammates and Fabregas added that he believed that Van Persie and Nasri were the only players he believed had the same ability as him both technically and mentally.
Comparing the three stars in their final Premier League season together, between them they scored 31 goals and provided 19 assists in 80 total appearances, according to WhoScored. Based off these stats, at least one of these players contributed a goal and/or an assist in 62.5% of top-flight games in the 2010/11 campaign.
Fabregas went on to play a total of 303 matches for Arsenal in all competitions, scoring 57 goals and providing 91 assists, according to Transfermarkt.
He never won the Premier League with Arsenal but won it twice with Chelsea, as well as a La Liga title with Barca and a World Cup with Spain. However, he did manage to win an FA Cup with the Gunners and two Community Shields in what was an illustrious trophy-winning career. While neither Nasri or van Persie can match that haul, it’s easy to see why he’d say this given the stats mentioned and the fact both went on to pick up Premier League winners’ medals in Manchester, with the latter also reaching the World Cup final against the man in question.
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