These interviews are probably a couple of days old but I read them only a short while ago.
Cesc was talking exclusively to SunSport about his travails this summer. Most of the stuff is pretty same as the official statement but there are a couple of lines that I liked reading.
Anyone who thinks I will no longer try my best for Arsenal just does not know me.
I think that is the simplest way of silencing all doubters. All he needs to do now is show this on the pitch and I’m confident this season we will see the same Cesc Fabregas who I thought deserved the player of the year award last year.
I feel that these days any team that has to win something big like the Premiership or the Champions League needs a player who is good enough to win the World Player of the Year award. And by that I mean a player not just with that kind of talent but who actually performs at that level to be widely recognized as the best in the world. If Fabregas stays fit for the season I think he and we have a very good chance.
Towards the end of that interview there are some comments that can be construed negatively or positively. Those who don’t feel confident right now will see the same in these words.
…it is fair to say that he[Arsene] really believes Arsenal will make a strong challenge for the title this year. I really hope he’s right. I’m an ambitious person and I have only won one trophy in my seven years at Arsenal – and that was the FA Cup. That’s not a good enough return and we need to address that and urgently.
I think it can be seen either way. One could say that he trusts Arsene and that is the reason he accepts the boss’ judgement. Or you could say he has no faith in the team. I’m inclined to interpret that he is concerned but he trusts Wenger because that is my present state!
Arsene, for his part, was speaking with The Guardian. It’s a brilliant article that shows the depth of the man’s thinking, once again.
Arsene has often said that we need to analyze a game (or anything for that matter) by taking distance from the result. Very few can do it. That is the reason he ends up being right in the long run and many who mock him are left with egg on their faces. In this particular interview he explains the same thing with a nice example about Rooney. This is not a direct quote but a beautifully written excerpt from the article,
To give a more topical example, he elaborates on what he calls the “Rooney factor”. During a week when England’s most important footballer was plastered over the front pages of the tabloids for being, well, plastered in the early hours and in possession of a cigarette, Wenger argues the story is negative in the context of England’s poor World Cup. “Imagine he does exactly the same but they won the World Cup,” the Frenchman suggests. He proposes the story would then be an upbeat one. Good old Rooney. What a Jack the Lad. Look how he can be a winner and then go out and enjoy it. “That means you do not judge the guy, you judge first the result he has produced and then according to your disappointment, you judge the guy,” Wenger muses.
Le Boss is not blind to the goalkeeping situation either,
And does he understand why people expect him to bring in a new goalkeeper? “Yes,” he says, smiling ruefully.
At times fans don’t realize that if we can see a problem so can Arsene. It’s easy for us to assume he is stubborn or he can’t see what’s patently obvious to everyone else. While doing that we fans just scale new heights of naiveté and ignorance. Just because Arsenal don’t come out openly with the transfer targets and discussion does not mean nothing is being done. Many good writers, especially Untold Arsenal, have done a good job of highlighting the complex nature of the transfer market. I don’t know if some fans are so thick they can’t really understand it or do they just live in a world of delusions. Even City with all their wealth haven’t been able to sign whoever they want, Arsenal obviously have a lot more constraints.
Arsene also hinted that what Arsenal do is appreciated more outside England.
I travelled at the World Cup a lot, you cannot imagine how popular Arsenal is in the world. It is massively important to me that we win titles, but there’s something as well deeper and stronger in the way we play, the policy we have. The fact we do not only inject money is hugely respected all over the world.
His explains his thoughts logically. In England it’s a clan situation. For instance, Tottenham fans cannot appreciate what Arsenal do; neither can the United supporters (at least not collectively and openly). That is not the case for many Johnny Foreigners like yours truly and it’s quite possible that people on the outside see the broader picture better than some locals who have the privilege of going to the Emirates. Of course, this does not include some glory hunters who are more likely to be foreigners and recent supporters but it’s unlikely that Arsene would know much, if anything, about them.
I was quite happy after reading both interviews (and I highly recommend reading both pieces if you’d missed them) but my mood changed when I bumped into this piece in the Daily Mail. Sometimes, even the tabloid hacks do a good job.
That article has photos of Capello showing his surprise that Carrick was playing in the Community Shield game. He also gestures to say a phone call would have been nice! The background was that Fergie declared Carrick was unfit for two weeks and the England manager didn’t include him in the squad for the Hungary friendly.
This is how Fergie explained it,
I can only apologise. I was certain he was out for two weeks then he came and said he was fit.
Genius. Pure Evil Genius.