Cesc Fabregas leaving Arsenal was a sensible decision, club legend, Paul Merson has said.
Paul believes he can understand the Spaniard quitting the club because not so many footballers can turn Barcelona and Real Madrid down when they come calling.
According to him, Fabregas was a great servant for Arsenal but the club’s lack of recruitment and zeal to win trophies made it difficult for a player to want to say.
He added that Cesc was a special player and he improved the teams he joined after Arsenal.
His words, “I can understand the reason Cesc Fabregas laid out as to why he left,”
“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.”
“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 [Virgil] 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.”