Cesc Fabregas was RIGHT to quit Arsenal for Barcelona in 2011 despite fan backlash, says Merson – The Sun

PAUL MERSON insists Cesc Fabregas was right to leave when he did and fully understands the midfielder’s move to Barcelona in 2011.

Arsenal fans were furious when the Spaniard decided to return to the Nou Camp but Merson believes it was the correct decision.

 Cesc Fabregas left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2011.

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Cesc Fabregas left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2011.Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

Fabregas joined the Spanish giants for £35million but surprisingly only won one La Liga title during his second spell at the club.

Merson told SkySports: “I can understand the reason Cesc Fabregas laid out as to why he left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2011.

“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.”

Since Fabregas left the Emirates, the Gunners have struggled for success, winning just three FA Cup’s.


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“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.”

Fabregas continued to infuriate Arsenal fans when he left Barcelona for rivals Chelsea in 2014.

The 32-year-old won two Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge during his five-year spell before a move to French side Monaco.

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