Paul Merson defends Cesc Fabregas over Arsenal transfer decision

first_imgPaul Merson defends Cesc Fabregas over Arsenal transfer decision Metro Sport ReporterSunday 29 Mar 2020 12:12 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link414Shares Comment Cesc Fabregas left Arsenal to rejoin Barcelona in the summer of 2011 (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson is adamant Cesc Fabregas was well within his rights to leave Arsenal for Barcelona and defended his decision to leave the north London club during a period of ‘decline’.The Spaniard opened up on his acrimonious departure from the Gunners during an appearance on the Arsecast podcast last week, during which he claimed only two players, Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri, were of a comparable level in terms of technical ability during his final years at the club.Having resisted the overtures of Barcelona following his World Cup winning heroics with Spain in 2010, Fabregas eventually rejoined his boyhood club 12 months later in a £35million deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTA section of Arsenal fans have never forgiven Fabregas, particularly given he opted to join Chelsea following a mixed spell at Barcelona, but Merson insists he fully understood the creative midfielder’s motives. ‘I can understand the reason Cesc Fabregas laid out as to why he left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2011,’ Merson told Sky Sports. ‘I don’t know too many footballers, who when Barcelona and Real Madrid come calling don’t go.‘Fabregas is an interesting case because he did leave Barcelona as a youngster to go to Arsenal, but he couldn’t turn it down when they came calling again.‘I can’t think of too many players that could turn it down. You may get a player to wait around another year, but they always end up going in the end, and I had no problem with Fabregas going when he did.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He was a great servant for Arsenal, and I can understand where he was coming from when he spoke about the pressure on winning trophies and the club’s lack of recruitment.‘He’d given his all for the club and the reality is that he could probably see Arsenal were a team in decline, and as I said, I don’t know too many professional footballers who could turn down Barcelona.‘In the end, his decision was proved right. The lad’s a special player, there’s no doubt about it. Whatever football team he’d have gone to he would have improved. There are not many footballers around the world that can say they can walk into any side in the world and improve it.‘There are players like Van Dijk, Kevin de Bruyne, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo that can do it, but not many. Fabregas was a special talent and I had no qualms with how his time at Arsenal ended.’MORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta orders transfer raid on Real Madrid for Chelsea target Luka JovicMORE: Manchester City convinced Arsenal leading push to have Champions League ban upheldRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news livecenter_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img