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Is Cesc Fàbregas an Arsenal legend?

Saturday 4th February 2017
Before you respond hastily, just give me 5 minutes to explain myself. Legend is a term used loosely in modern football today, many have been called it but only a few have earned it. We're here today to discuss whether Francesc Fàbregas Soler is worthy of possessing such a title.
First of all, let's define a 'legend'. According to the Oxford dictionary, a legend is:

"An extremely famous or notorious person, especially in a particular field"

So is Cesc Fàbregas a famous or notorious person when it pertains to his time at Arsenal? Basically, is he more well-known for his time at Arsenal or is he better remembered for his times at Barcelona & Chelsea? I'm sure many a fan would hold his time at Arsenal in high regard while others would recognise him more for playing at the 2nd biggest club in the world. Either way, it's not too outrageous to consider him on both sides of the coin. Still, let's delve in further, let's go into detail about Cesc's time at Arsenal.
I don't think it's audacious to say that Cesc Fàbregas displayed his peak level of footballing ability at Arsenal more consistently than he did anywhere else. The kid broke into the Arsenal first team at the age of 16, something unheard of in modern day football.

This decision by Wenger made him the youngest senior player in Arsenal's history and later that year he became the club's youngest-ever goalscorer. Cesc under the tutelage of Wenger also became one of the best players in the world before the age of 21. Let's also not forget that the Spaniard stuck around longer than most during the club's rebuilding years. When pivotal figures like Thierry Henry, Aleksander Hleb and Mathieu Flamini left for greener pastures, Cesc soldiered on. Sounds like the hallmarks of a legend to me.

Legendary things Cesc Fàbregas did at Arsenal:

  • become the club's youngest ever player/goalscorer

  • scored a wonder goal against Spurs

  • called Arsène Wenger his 'father'

  • threw a pizza at Sir Alex Ferguson

However, it's what he did in his final months at the club that tarnished his standing with many of the Arsenal faithful. Here are the things Cesc Fàbregas did at Arsenal thatweren't so legendary:

  • leave Arsenal when Wenger was in the middle of a re-building process

  • faked an injury so he didn't have to go on the 2011 pre-season tour

  • went to watch the Grand Prix instead of an Arsenal league game.

Personally, this debate is simple for me, Cesc had the playing ability & influence to be an Arsenal legend but his time at the club wasn't long enough to qualify him for the honour. We'll leave it at that. When you look to put him in the same bracket as club legends like Thierry Henry,  Dennis Bergkamp and Tony Adams, does he truly compare? You decide.

Cesc faces his favourite club Saturday, in a league showdown between two of the top 3 clubs in the country. Many fans don't give Arsenal a chance in hell for the match but wouldn't it be so Arsenal to lose at home to Watford and then beat Chelsea at the Bridge?  I guess we'll find out.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 

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