Paul Merson defends Cesc Fabregas Criticism

Former Arsenal player Cesc Fabregas has made the headline in recent weeks, for comments over his at Arsenal, where he'd said only Robin Van Persie and Samir Nasri were on his level. Bacary Sagna had lashed back at the Spanish midfielder and many Arsenal fans have since been criticising him for his departure to boyhood club, FC Barcelona but Former Arsenal player, Paul Merson believes Cesc should not be criticised for the transfer.

Paul Merson in an interview with Sky: “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", he continued.

Pau Merson believes there aren't too many player who can turn down Barcelona move, saying:
“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 continued "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.” Merson concluded.

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