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FRANK, DO NOT CHANGE FOR THE SAKE OF IT, OR TO PLEASE CERTAIN PLAYERS

forget Kepa, he's done play big willy

and please don't bring back the ball hogger (Willian), he slows down play and gives the ball away too much.

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21 minutes ago, Droy was my hero said:

Fabregas on Chelsea vs Arsenal
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2020/07/30/cesc-fabregas-interview-arsenal-never-thought-could-feel-way/

"Cesc Fabregas interview: 'When I was at Arsenal I never thought I could feel this way about Chelsea'"

 

Have to subscribe to read the article :-(

When you were at Arsenal Cesc I never thought I could feel this way about you.

Class act on and off.  Still miss you and your magic hat.

 

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10 hours ago, JaneB said:

Have to subscribe to read the article :-(

When you were at Arsenal Cesc I never thought I could feel this way about you.

Class act on and off.  Still miss you and your magic hat.

 

Once you've had Chels, you never look back

I'd be throughouly miffed reading that as an Arsenal fan. Here's the bulk of the key bit:

 

“I always believe that things happen for a reason and in this case, in theory, it was not supposed to happen, me joining Chelsea,” said Fabregas, who spent eight years at Arsenal then rejoined Barcelona, where he played for three years before deciding he wanted to return to the Premier League.

“When I told my agent I wanted to go back to the Premier League, I thought it was Arsenal. In my eyes, in my heart and in my mind, I’m going back to Arsenal and that’s it. This is what I was thinking and expecting. 

“But it didn’t happen. Arsenal had the option but they didn’t take it, so we had to find other solutions and that’s when we met Jose. I listened to Jose because of who he is and because of the respect I had for him, and I ended up loving his words, his ideas, his future at Chelsea, what he wanted from me. In one second you change your mind, you make a big decision in your career and it turns out to be a fantastic one. So never say never, that’s my lesson from all of it and I’m very happy I took the decision.”

Despite the fact he retains relationships and friendships with some of the Chelsea players and staff he left behind last January, while few of his old Arsenal allies remain, Fabregas cannot single out either club as his one true love.

“My heart belongs to both clubs,” he said. “I know it sounds politically correct, but it really is what I feel. When I was with Arsenal I never believed I could feel what I felt towards Chelsea. It was impossible. But this is the beauty of football.”

That may not be enough for the Arsenal fans who could not stomach seeing Fabregas in blue, but he is accepting of the fact that he broke some hearts that will never be repaired.

“Sometimes it’s difficult to change people’s opinion,” said Fabregas. “I did what I did and I gave my all. If someone saw it, it’s great and if someone didn’t, then it’s a shame and I feel bad because first of all they believe I could have done better. 

“But maybe it’s not even about football. Sometimes it’s more about breaking hearts because of joining the other top club of the city. And fans are fans, and I completely understand and I admire that from them because they are completely loyal to their club from day one to the last. 

“Even if I want to say I’m the biggest Arsenal fan, which I will always be forever, I cannot say I am completely loyal from a fans’ perspective because I went to Chelsea. It was my opportunity as a football player, as a professional. But when I took that chance, I never thought I would be so happy there, that I would be so successful and that I would have so much appreciation and feeling with their fans. So now I support both clubs equally. 

“When I was at Arsenal, I felt so completely in love with that club. From the start, when I was training and made my debut with the ‘Invincibles’. There was something inside of me that was impossible to ever go away because I probably had the best years of my life there. But being at Chelsea is something that I will never regret in my life; in fact completely the opposite. I will always talk about Chelsea and about my time at Chelsea as probably the best decision of my career.”

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11 hours ago, JaneB said:

I hate the way all sport is being used as a political vehicle at the moment

I enjoyed the days when you could switch on SSN and they were talking about sport 

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1 hour ago, paulw66 said:

I'd be throughouly miffed reading that as an Arsenal fan. Here's the bulk of the key bit:

I thought he made an extreme effort to claim his loyalties were divided equally.  This wasn't Frank Lampard talking about West ham.

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10 minutes ago, Droy was my hero said:

I thought he made an extreme effort to claim his loyalties were divided equally.  This wasn't Frank Lampard talking about West ham.

I meant from the way he talked about his affection for Chelsea (something that I think took him by surprise)........this was a player who was at Arsenal from 16 and should really be Arsenal through and through, rather than talking about both eith equal affection. 

 

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17 minutes ago, paulw66 said:

I meant from the way he talked about his affection for Chelsea (something that I think took him by surprise)........this was a player who was at Arsenal from 16 and should really be Arsenal through and through, rather than talking about both eith equal affection. 

 

I don't really expect any of our kids to love us until the end of time. But I half take your point because my experience of them is overwhelmingly that Arsenal fans do.

Have to say, I've felt increasingly nervous about this game as the week has gone on. Easier the further away it was to look at it in the abstract and say that we are just a stronger team, even if not by the same distance as in recent years. But I do really rate Arteta as an organiser; they are still Arsenal and with Arsenal players, but every time I've seen them play they've kept a decent enough shape. Amazing and bizarre to think given it hasn't been a typical or obvious Arsenal opinion for about 30 years, but this is an Arsenal side I could see boring us to a 1-0 defeat by mostly staying in their own half.

Arteta's drilling and organising can't quite stop Luiz being Luiz or Mustafi being Mustafi, mind.

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How are we going to stop Aubameyang scoring?

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