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May092010

Fabregas could be gone within 2 weeks

  

First, let me say that I'm not normally one for writing flashy headlines to get attention, I seriously can't be bothered. I only write when I feel there is something on my mind that needs expressing.

Last night on Sky Sports' live Spanish football I'm pretty sure I heard Spanish correspondent Guillem Balague insist that Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona is a done deal that will completed within two weeks.

I normally trust Balague because he has inside access to the majority of Spanish clubs and has got a lot of big calls right over the years. He's called some wrong too, but transfers do not always go as planned.

The Spaniard is one of the few journalists I trust and respect, and generally he's not a sensationalist, which he easily could be at the behest of the clubs he is often allowed to provide a voice for. It would be fair to say that, in the past, Balague has not sought to assist Barcelona by stirring the pot in their favour with regard to Fabregas transfer stories, so why now?

Furthermore, another link has also emerged today regarding Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure, whose agent Dimitri Seluk mentions could be a success with Arsenal and may be open to a move to the Emirates.

Why would Toure even think of leaving Barcelona for Arsenal? Perhaps if his agent has been notified by Toure's club that they wish to make the player part of a cash plus swap deal for Fabregas?

There was also a much more tenuous link last Friday from The Spoiler website suggesting Fabregas's mother has bought ex-Barcelona midfielder Deco's old flat in the capital - presumably for her son.

On its own, a presumptuous - possibly factually incorrect - piece of information that you would unlikely read much into, but when linked to Balague and Seluk's comments, who knows? New players are often moved into properties belonging to old players when they join a club, as they're typically in a location suited to the privacy of  high profile individuals.

Personally, I have also been suspicious of Fabregas current injury status, and the explanation of how it came about. Broken leg kicking a player standing right next to you? Injury yes, broken leg, hmmmm. If a deal for Fabregas is in the bank then it might explain why the player has been "missing" for the last month.

All conjecture of course - most transfer stories regarding Fabregas are and have been, but the Spaniard will leave one day and I can imagine he's as fed up these days waiting for Wenger to get serious as we all are.

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Oh dear. File under beneath contempt...

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymarse

Not true.

I have been supporting arsenal for 27 yrs and have contacts inside the club. bar a ridiculous offer (60m+) he is staying. Although Barca do want him and david villa for next season.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArthur

I think Fabregas will not leave this summer but next if either Wenger goes or Arsenal fail to win a trophy, there is only so much loyalty you can give to a club that has nurtured you over your childhood club, for example I support Arsenal, if I was actually good at football and thought I had a better chance at say Lyon I would take it be loyal to them for a few years but I would after a while want to go back to my boyhood club which is Arsenal

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

I would take anything Guillem Balague says with a huge pinch of salt, he is a trouble make, a mouth piece for the Spanish clubs, why Sky and the BBC pay him so much money just to try and destroy the EPL clubs, I will never know.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTommoM

Balague also said a couple of weeks ago on the sky sports website that barca will bid for fabregas and fabregas will accept

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteradam

Erm, Balague always spouts crap about players moving to Barca, he's well known for doing his bit in building the media hype they use to unsettle players. So much so, that people actually joke about him being on their pay-roll.

Repeating this kind of nonsense is just helping perpetuate the narrative that Barca would like and in doing so, you're doing your own miniscule bit in making it a reality. Awful, simply awful.

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It will only be a reality if Fabregas wants it to be a reality.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMat

Good luck to him if he goes, it's the least Wenger deserves!

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAfriX

Mr Balague once said that Vieira would join real madrid within 24 hours (that 24 hours is going on about 5 years).

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbigsnoop

I have no doubt Fab will return to Barca but it will not be this summer and i don't think it will be the following summer either.

He is a Barca boy with a love of Arsenal. I've always had it in mind that he would probably leave for Barca when he was around 26 and we would have had great service from him.

It's an easy link to make to Barca and i've read this morning that he's going to Inter Milan as a gift to Mourinho which is pre bollocks. Mourinho wont be in Milan in a years time and i very mch doubt Fab would want to play in Italy.

I believe Fab has a genuine love for our club - i love greater than a lot of so called fans who have been crying about only finishing 3rd and what a disgrace it is. Too be honest i have grown tired and fed up with some of the sh*t being spouted and some of our fans are embaressing. Champions Leage football has been taken for granted and seeing what it meant for Spurs is a reminder of how well we have done to finish top 4 for all those years whilst funding and building a new ground.

I know we haven't won a trophy but it's not the first time or last time in our history that we have gone for a few years without one.

Arsene has his faults as we all do but i am 100% convinced everything he does or trys to do is with the clubs best interests at heart.

The season promised so much and has sadly fizzled out over the last 3 weeks or so. It has been a season of what might have been but it's not been a bad season at all.

I have read in places that we should protest this afternoon and stage a massive walk-out - shameful!

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMerse-10

Cesc won't be leaving this summer i can guarantee you that. Revista is on, on Tuesdays no Saturday?

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlejandro

Señor Balague also said the same thing, Cesc will be at Barca the last two end of seasons. He was also famous for saying Viera to Madrid was a done deal for many summers and that Wenger would be Madrid's manager.

I will believe Señor Balague's 'facts' when butterflies take flight from my arse.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermartha focker

Thanks for the tip off. Could happen, wouldn't surprise me. Wenger sells one big player per season and has been lyin to fans for years now.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterseb

I had respect for what u were saying till u mentioned Fabregas's injury. No player wants to miss out on any game, especially when we were still in the title race when he got injured

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I'm not suggesting Fabregas wanted to miss anything or wasn't initially injured.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVanDaManPersie

i think he will be going in two weeks,who wants to be playing in a midfield that consists of song and diaby plus the others that make us pathetic,apart from rvp and arshavin we are fucked i can't blame cesc for wanting to better himself and win some trophys in his life not settle for 3rd and 4th every year and claim it to be a great achievement.henry loved the club and he still left .

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Yes, rumours about Henry and Vieira persisted for an equal length of time before they got their way. Wenger had to talk them out of it every season but had to give up in the end - I'm pretty sure Vieira had one foot out the door on more than one occasion. Let's hope Fabregas stays, but he deserves to be surrounded by much better players.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterforza

I actually heard ol' Bollocky himself say that Barcelona's whole first team squad was going to transfer to Arsenal this summer. It's true you know! Bollocky has never made up stories or been wrong about any of the goings on in Spain.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTonyo

I fully agree with what merse said, some so called fans consider it our god given right to be in the Champions League, but it is not and we have to earn it and this we have done every season since Arsene took over. The spuds are celebrating like they have done the treble instead of being in next seasons qualifying round. Cesc is not stupid, he can see as most of us can that we are now in the position to start paying good money for a few quality additions and make us the side that everyone needs to beat to win anything as I can see us dominating all of the competitions next season.
Chamakh has already signed and I am sure 3 more quality signings will follow. Why would cesc want to leave now when next season he will be captaining one of the top sides in the world.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGooner3472

last time I visit a site that blocks people for having an opinion, that is what I thought blog's were for. Keep up sensationalising headlines for hits, are you going to allow this post?!

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Don't come back then. People are blocked for using abusive, childish or aggressive language and no other reason.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteraussie gonner

An Arsenal blog site that posts that misinformation, deserves Sympathy.
Sympathy may be found in the dictionary between sycophant and syphilis.

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No misinformation here, just commenting on what I read. The word "could" in the title is a hint Fabregas might not actually go anywhere.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGf60

well said merse 10 totally agree wish all the dreamers would shut up, our defense needs fresh blood and that league could be ours

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterros

Gulliem is a twit alongside those other muppets in snn dont believe them son, they have no clue about football! the fact that he said 2 weeks while cesc under contract at arsenal until 2014 just sums up the bullshit they come up with!

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I hope you're right, but things change in football and lies are told (to us) nearly every season these days.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGooner

Dont kid yourselfes,off course he is going,no fucking wonder.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanish Gooner

Guillem Balague is full of shit!!! said the sam ebout Henry the season before he did leave, Cesc will go to Barca but not for another 2 years

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You want me to believe you ahead of Balague?

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

I have a question for all the people who know anything about Wojciech Szczęsny
Wojciech Szczęsny from the saves I saw him make today (youtube) looks better than any keeper I have ever seen in my life. HIs shot stopping is better than any keeper in the world and his bravery in front of goal is better than all our keeper combined.
He has been on loan at Brentford for a year where he proved his worth and if he was an outfield player then he would go straight into the team then why not a goalkeeper. We need a goalkeeper ( almunia and fabianski are not up for it ) so what’s the point of spending money on a Gk for a year or two years and then have Wojciech Szczęsny take over when he can take over now. He went on loan to prove himself and has proven himself beyond any shadown of doubt so why not give him a chance now rather after 1-2 years.

Rather than spending 7-8 millions on a GK wenger can spend money on a quality CB, Melo and CHamak is already coming and be done with it.

watch some of the videos and judge for yourself

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-ERLumOZQ4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOY63kPwFYo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sy3qVeml60Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orkvUsHwm0U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vV7caRLDrw

check out the 4th one its was uploaded today

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I admire your enthusiasm, but "HIs [Szczęsny's] shot stopping is better than any keeper in the world" throws doubt on your credentials.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterandrew

While the eventually may well happen, the logic behind the argument is laughable. If he was fit he would play, end of. Vieira and Henry both played right up to their departures, as did overmars and Alelka. That's about £70m of player sales risking injury there. Also the injury after the penalty was clearly a serious one. Señor Balague is sometimes spot on, but has a habit of talking about possibilities as certainties, and has actually missed most of player sales to spain or at best been 2 or 3 years out. If a deal had been struck, the timing and nature of it would mean that he would not be in a position to find out until the season is over.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMat Wade

I don't think he will leave this year, he has said countless times he is happy and staying put. He must be sick and tired of trying to stop the rumours.

If Wenger on the other hand doesn't get the cheque book out and buy a few players to show some ambition, Cesc will leave sooner rather than later, and I wouldn't blame him.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBigL

I'd take Balague's opinions with a pinch of salt, he gets it wrong as often as he gets it right. Fabregas is definitely staying for at least one more season, I'll be amazed if he goes. You have to remember people like balague get paid for spouting any old bollocks they make up. Fabregas to Barca has been rumbling on for years, it's an easy one to trot out.

If Cesc does go it won't be the end of the world, I rated Vieira, Pires and Henry higher than Cesc and we survived without them. Assuming Ramsey gets over his injury, he's a natural replacement for Cesc. Now if Vermaelen was to go.....

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAFC4Life

i like the way you can use bollocks when replying to a post but you ban me from you site for saying I will file you post under bollocks. Hypocrit comes to mind.

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Dry your eyes, I thought I was doing you a favour.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteraussie gonner

Balague has an obvious interest in cesc going to barca. he is just one of the many footy journalists who put opinion ahead of facts.Given the spanish media's notoerity, he is most probably been paid to stir up trouble with arsenal and cesc, seeing as he is england based.

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In my experience that's not how he operates, hence why I give credence to his views.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrafi

I don't see this happening, not with Xavi still being 1st choice there. Perhaps in a few years time, when Wenger has decided to pack it in as from what I have read,Fabregas feels that he owes Wenger his career.

Good result today even with it being against Fulham's second stringers.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBegeegs

Yeah seriously he did break his leg it was so obvious when it happened. Also whats you're problem you over hear something then report and the next thing you know it spreads panic. I do like Guillem but honestly last summer it was Villa definately to Madrid then it's Cesc to Madrid/Barca then etc etc. Yeah he'd hear of something when it's 99% done. And furthermore 25m plus Yaya Toure on Goal.com isn't fucking gospel. You're just falling into the same old trap. We're not selling especially for 25m and a player we had numerous chances to sign and didn't.

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I'm not falling for anything, just linking rumours from fairly reliable sources.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarko

I remember you saying the same thing about guillem last season when he predicted that wenger is off to real. Are you on his payroll???

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You'll have to fetch me that quote.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRP7

whats the point of arguing? We'll know in a fortnight, right guys? Then we can tear the credibility of this post a new one!

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergoonpowder_plotter

why are these muppets getting so upset and angry? theyre not arsenal truths rumours. Let's face it, one summer all of this will happen and Ces WILL leave, so why not this summer

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbrenner

Seriously, I can understand these headlines from the red rags and the pro Barca newspaper but coming from an Arsenal blog this is rubbish.

Not only are you perpetuating Cesc rumours, after our captain has endless saying he is not going next season, but once again there are sly digs about Wenger.

With fans like you who needs enemies?

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGunner Young

FUNNY HOW SOON AS ARSENAL PLAY THEIR LAST GAME FABREGAS ANNOUNCES HE IS FIT FOR WORLD CUP

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJON

Balague is a Liverpool fan in England-ask him about Rafa. Its not a bad story-and I would not be surprised if it happens-which will be only if Cesc wants it to happen.. 25m plus Yaya grossly inflates Yaya's value though.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergoonergerry

JON: You genius, the world cup is 1 month away. DUH

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlol

funny how you changed your mind, in the article you say your sure you heard him say that fabregas will sign in 2 weeks then people start to question you then you change it and say your only saying what you read, make up your mind, are you even a arsenal supporter, from reading some of your responses to other peoples comments i have my doubts, and i`m not really sure this will get posted as i see you have to clear it lol, well i awiat your reply, you need to stick to your story, IN ARSENE WE TRUST

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Haven't changed anything - some things I heard, some things I read, what's the big mystery?

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGIN

Mate I'm really dissapointed in you for putting this up. Balague is a good pundit but a mouth for hire. And even if you don't think he's a mouth for hire its still a tenious link. Your better than this.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarc

Pure nonsense,utter rubbish and a waste of time. Should Cesc ever leave one day,he will be upfront with it,straight.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteryoung

It beats me whenever I think that though Cesc is just 22 he's far more intelligent than grandpa fans of Arsenal. The problem of this great club is their fans - too quick to celebrate; extremely quick to condemn!

Whatever future Wenger is building, Cesc is the fulcrum. More than he has done in the past Arsene would hold onto his present Captain with last finger's fingernails if it came to that.

And Cesc knows there's no where in world football a player of his age captains a team as big as Arsenal. Making him the captain was the Boss' masterstroke of keeping the passmaster. Give Wenger 100million pounds, he won't let go. Why? The present Arsenal team is built around Cesc. His leaving the club would force Wenger into a serious reshuffle. But believe me, with the young Spaniard in the team Arsenal needs just three more quality players in goal, CB and DMF( to help Song whenever we are playing a big side) - and that team starts winning titles.

And Cesc believes he owes his carrier to a man who gave him the break he couldn't have got elsewhere. Cesc is that intelligent and loyal. If you ask me, the Spaniard won't leave Wenger and Arsenal until he has repaid his debt - probably in 5 years time. Unless, of course something very unforeseen happens. The football world is a crazy world but Cesc is no Vieira, neither Hleb, nor Flamini. Even if, none of these players ever recaptured their Arsenal forms when they left. Cesc is smart enough to avoid that kind of inglorious exit. Quote me!

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTai Obasi, Lagos

Where is cesc going to play at barca? Xavi and iniesta are far more accomplished midfielders and cannot see where he would fit in....he'd be better off going to the galacticos at Madrid and we would be better for him heading that way too as we'd probably get an extra €10 million than barca would pay...we will cope without cesc like we have coped without vieira. The problem is when you sign mercanaries at a young age what loyalty will they really give you? Put young wilshere in there from next season and build a side around a young English talent...no more velas, meridas, nordvelts etc. I think the debt is now down (£20m less than Pompey!)...start building properly arsene and get Steve bould to replace pat rice!!!

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoninhothegooner

Balague is actually Catalan for Bollocks.

I am surprised no one know this!!

May 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGooner0609

Is it any wonder. Its been quiet obvious Fabragas hates it at Arsenal and cant wait to leave. Do him, infact do us all a favour and finish this sorry saga and let the boy have his wish, and let him let him leave the club holding him back, to one that wants to actually win something

May 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAicher

What Balague is doing is jumping on the media bandwagon. Of course Cesc will go, but I think not for another year. There will be new signings in the summer, and I reckon that Cesc genuinely wants to win a trophy with the Gunners before he goes back to Spain.

May 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

He has no choice next year so he will be at Arsenal and unless they offer ridiculous money compared to Arsenal he is to smart to go until he would be first choice he wont go to play 2nd fiddle to Xavi

May 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDamian

First time I've read this site, and probably the last. This hasn't made any main stream media.... so just a hit collecting headline.

Fabregas has stated he will not be leaving this summer...... just adding the word 'Could' into the title makes this article and site even weaker than first appears.

Very poor work. I wish a few of the new age young Arsenal fans could control their "Wenger out" and let's sign ......... for $50 million or we're going to get relegated talk, also not believing everything you read or hear...... it doesn't take a genius to work out that 90% of what the papers print is complete fabrications.

May 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterReal Gooner

Here we go again, and always Barcelona!!!!! Why don't AQrsenal put £90 million on any player those idiots want and hopefuuly they will get the message to go tap up players at other clubs instead of ours all the time.

I HATE THEM!!!!!

May 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJSP

Really really surprised that you put this up - its not like you to put togther two and two and make 14. You say you read some stuff and put iot all together and then state you think that CF injury was a fake - please...did you not watch the match where he did it? If its faked then his acting is way way better than his football talent!

I think you had better get back to slagging off Wenger - it is after all what you do best

May 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve0

Just checked out Balague's website and he hasn't posted anything about Cesc for a couple of weeks - if he really had an inside line on what's happening I think he'd be making a big thing of it there.

May 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnyG

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