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Fabregas travels to Spain ahead of Barcelona move

Cesc Fabregas will travel to Spain later today ahead of his move to Barcelona, in a transfer that is expected to total around £34million.

According to several Spanish sources, Fabregas will be presented as a Barca player tomorrow and could even make his debut against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.

In what has been one of the most protracted transfers in Premier League history, 24-year-old Fabregas has developed into one of the best midfielders of his generation under Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

His arrival was welcomed and confirmed on Twitter by Barcelona players.

Defender Gerard Pique tweeted Fabregas to say: “He’s finally here!!”, while Barca skipper Carles Puyol also sent his fellow countryman a message saying: “Welcome home!!! Happy to have you here.”

While saying his goodbyes at London Colney earlier this afternoon, Fabregas handed Robin van Persie the captain’s armband as a symbolic gesture. The Spaniard also bought his team-mates Dr Dre headphones as a leaving present several weeks ago.

Everyone at Gooner Talk would like to thank Cesc for his superb service to Arsenal over the years and wish him the best of luck for the future.

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Lucy
Lucy
9 years ago

Very sad that we have lost one of the Premierships and probably worlds best footballers but I wish him the very best of luck in the future at Barcelona. Just a shame the way that they and their players have conducted themselves.

thundertinygooner
thundertinygooner
9 years ago

Wenger’s press conference was a complete farce.I really worry about him.He looked like he was losing it big time.Adding insult to injury the suggestion that we don’t need any more players because we already have too big a squad is frankly stupid and very iunlikely to endear him to Gooners everywhere.
We need to move past cesc and Nasri,replace them with quality and then do what we should have done weeks ago-prepare for the season-trouble is it starts tomorrow.What a nightmare it has all been

david
david
9 years ago

Quite relieved actually, at the same time sad. What’s bothering me though is why is Nasri training when Wenger claims he’s ill and therefore excluded him from the squad going to Newcastle? I think Wenger is making a joke out of himself

arsenal spy
arsenal spy
9 years ago

I know just how good fabrigas is when he plays for arsenal, but if say Jadson is as good as fab then we won’t miss fab that much, and if Nasri transfers to city, then were need a player like Mata or Hazard maybe to take his place, I well believe Wenger should spend the money on top quality players of equal talent, to what he has lost.

Chris
Chris
9 years ago

That video almost brought a tear to my eye. The goal against Juventus in 2006 had a symbolic significance in the way that our old general Patrick Vieira was outshone by this astonishingly talented 19-year-old who announced himself to the footballing world with a world-class display of poise, creativity and intelligence, capped most memorably by the opening goal, during which Vieira was dispossessed I am not surprised that Cesc is leaving – if truth be told, he deserves better than this current Arsenal side, which, though undoubtedly bursting with talent, is suffering under the stubborn guidance of our weary manager.… Read more »

Ron`
Ron`
9 years ago

Cesc= cunt. Fact.

no leader, no captain anywhere would attend a grand Prix instead of watching his team play.

Told all and sundry it was Barca or nothing, limiting the price we got for him. in the open market we could have achieved £60m.

I say sue him for the difference.

bonfre
bonfre
9 years ago

i wish fabregas the best in his carrear GOD BLESS YOU CESC

Bosun
Bosun
9 years ago

I wish him the best.

Jay
Jay
9 years ago

Bittersweet moment to be quite honest. Sad to see him go, esp after the way Barca acted, but also relieved that this tedious saga is done. I just hope AFC got the money they wanted & good luck to Cesc

Ross G
Ross G
9 years ago

not gonna lie but i almost shed a tear at the video. I was like this when henry and viera left

xgoonerx
xgoonerx
9 years ago

arsenal won nothing when fabregas was around, other clubs with no fabregas in them won so much. best wishes to cesc, maybe this is a blessing in disguise for The Arsenal. ‘no one is bigger than the cannon on the chest..’

Ken (Kenyan Guooner)
Ken (Kenyan Guooner)
9 years ago

Unless it is announced officially then I cant believe it. Though if ity were to be confirmed, I for once will be relieved and wish him so well. He is so talented and I would like him to be the one who left Arsenal when still young and made it out there.
None has ever made it. Go well La Captain

Bosun
Bosun
9 years ago

I wish you the best of luck for the future. I will always remember all the good moments you had with us. i will miss your killer passing. No place like home,good bye.

Duane78
Duane78
9 years ago

I watched this and totally understand why Wenger has still not come to terms with Fabregas’ departure. This is 8 years of hardwork gone. At whatever price, this is a massive blow not only to Arsenal FC but to Arsene Wenger personally.

As much as i wanted this to end, it is sad to see him leave.

Adam
Adam
9 years ago

303 appearances, one of the best players we’ve ever had, always gave 100% on the pitch. Complete legend.

Good luck to him.

Apparently the fee is less than what Liverpool payed for Andy Carrol…. wow…rofl.

Mark Scarfe
9 years ago

One of the finest players we’ve ever been blessed with. Head and shoulders above the rest, genuinely world class. Talk of him warming the bench at Barca is daft; he’ll shine, and they’ll go on to build their team around him.

Genuinely sad to lose him, but he’s following his dream with his boyhood club. Which one of us wouldn’t do the same given the chance? Best wishes Cesc.

n1 gooner
n1 gooner
9 years ago

Very sad watching that back.

When will the good days return for us.

oxenham840
oxenham840
9 years ago

When other Arsenal greats have left the club such as Henry and Vieira, in many respects they had made their mark, won trophies, and made history. But, with Fabregas, he has not won anything with us, and sadly, it is a case of unfinished business and what might have been had he stayed with us for another 4 or 5 seasons.

Moaath
Moaath
9 years ago

it means a very dark season in front of all of us 🙁

Connor McKenzie
Connor McKenzie
9 years ago

Literally was on the floor crying… :'(

steve chilcott
steve chilcott
9 years ago

Gutted to see Cesc leave he was the heart beat of the team without him we lack drive and imagination,Thankyou Cesc its been a pleasure watch you develope into one of the best midfield players in the world.

jago
jago
9 years ago

Arsenal have lost probably one of the best players to wear a red and white shirt, my real concern is lack of quality investment over last four years will now bite Mr wenger on the back side to such an extent he will have no choice other than to step down. Nasri next which miffs me how could we let a player of his quality even get to his last year of his contract??

thenry
thenry
9 years ago

do any of you anti wenger morons realize that ARSENAL FC IS A LISTED COMPANY AND HAS TO ISSUE NOTICES TO THE LONDON STOCK MARKET ON ANY MATERIAL CHANGES WITHIN THE COMPANY. THE SALE OF PLAYERS IS A MATERIAL CHANGE!!!
IT IS NOT ALLOWED BY REGULATION TO JUST SAY THINGS IN PRESS CONFERENCES.

MY GOD WE REALLY HAVE SOME STUPID PLASTIC FANS AT ARSENAL NOW.

ant
ant
9 years ago

im a liverpool fan dont worry when traitor torres left we replaced him with a much better striker if that was possible in suarez im sure arsenal will replace traitors nasri and fabregas with equal if not better think pastore or hamsik cavani hazard mata im sure you will get 1 of them at least good luck for the new season

ant
ant
9 years ago

oh i almost forgot im sure your new board will get rid of wenger if things go wrong then you can look forward to a bright future with a manager who will spend the money that you need to spend

thenry
thenry
9 years ago

ANT spend money like liverpool and u still havnt won the PL title for 21 years.
why are you on here anyway ? when was the last time pool won anything and you arent even in the CL.
we have built our ground hence the tight finances which are still governed by the bond issue. pool still have a stadium to build lets see if u still spunk 125 million.
henderson 21 mill ROTFLMAO!! lasnbury is better as he proved in the U21 tournament.

davepain
davepain
9 years ago

i’ll believe it when its on arsenal.com 🙂

venky
venky
9 years ago

End of an era,but WE WILL SURVIVE AND FLOURISH because we are THE ARSENAL. Let us forget about all the negative vibes and enjoy our beloved club thump those Zebras tomorrow

eagooner
eagooner
9 years ago

Glad to see Cesc go although we should have asked for at least 50 million – I’ve been an AFC fan for 56 years and he doesn’t come close to being an Arsenal legend – good riddance to him, hope he enjoys sitting on the bench. When will Wenger tell the truth to the fans? Perhaps when he’s gone next year!!

Kevin Donkor
Kevin Donkor
9 years ago

Who have Liverpool bought Henderson,Adam,and Downing? If you say they are Arsenal standard players you need to get your head examined.

Kevin
Kevin
9 years ago

Farewell Cesc hope you and your boyfriends shut up now. Now we need to bring players in who care about the club. Prediction tomorrow Newcastle 0 Arsenal 3.

Andy
Andy
9 years ago

If he does not want to play for the red and white of Arsenal, then I say good riddance. He can take Nasri with him. Personally I want to watch players that feel pride when they put on the Arsenal shirt. Can’t wait for them both to sit on the bench and ruin promising careers (Hleb).

papilo junior
papilo junior
9 years ago

to me sesc is the best midfilderin the wold, i thank him 4 all d thinks he has for arsenal i wish him gud luck and also hoping to see another best produce by arsenal bcs w know hw to produce d best,gud lk sesc.

Dan Zamfara
Dan Zamfara
9 years ago

Home is home @ last Fabrigas is returning home 4 beta fufure. It will be a big blow 4 d wearing Wengerman & d Gunners fans. D next player i believe will leave one day is Jack Wilshere & Walcot… So, mr wenger do wat is & send d £35m wisely & as we await 4 more money from d rebelious Nasir. Goodluck Fabrigas.

jrock
jrock
9 years ago

I wonder if Arsenal can squeeze some more money out of Barcelona by reporting them to FIFA for blatant tampering over the last three years. There is clearly a mountain of evidence, everything from making him put on a Barca shirt in public to talking about him non-stop in the press, and if I were Arsenal I would report them, if not to get some money directly from Barca to at least plunge them further into financial trouble. And if you think what I’m suggesting is ridiculous, just look at the anti-tampering rules the NBA has in place…people have already… Read more »

Steven Coulter
Steven Coulter
9 years ago

If he just left when he wanted to leave, 2/3 seasons ago, and didnt play with the Arsenals fans loyalty then I would be all praise for him. But the fact he has been such a tool about the whole thing leave me with no love for this player at all anymore. He is not an Arsenal playee Thierry Henry left and is still loved, but he left with dignity and a heavy heart to leave Arsenal. Cesc has been a Barca fan since he was a little boy, and noone would turn down the option to play for your… Read more »

pastaface
pastaface
9 years ago

@Steven Coulter – Xavi seems to be injured a lot these days, so I doubt he will be on the bench, he is actually needed and they are getting him for a bargain bucket price.

The jury’s out for me on Cesc, why didn’t he tell his mates at Barca to keep their traps shut eh? He wanted out, no matter what and that is why we have the cr@p price for him.
Did he really love us or Wenger?

davepain
davepain
9 years ago

jrock, FIFA don’t give a s*it about the tapping up. its not as if barca have been in any way subtle about it and still havent been reprimanded. the reason: because barca make up 90% of the spanish national team. barca will continue their underhanded tactics and cheat their way to glory for the foreseeable future. they get away with it simply because they ‘play such beautiful football’ arrogant tos*ers cant even pay £40m for their beloved cesc, nowhere near his market value. i sincerely hope barca go into administration & cesc returns to arsenal (im a dreamer (: )… Read more »

Sam gooner
9 years ago

Wel done fab. Wsh u al th best 4 ua magical dsplays wen w had u. We can understand ua situation of going back hme cz hm s th best, nt lyk Nasri in favor f money.”I wl alwys b ua fan bt nt barca”.

TrueGooner
TrueGooner
9 years ago

Well Cesc was a good player an I don’t blame any of them for leaving, but I will say this, the only person that I respect out of those that leaving is Emmanuel Eboue. This man is class. Show much love and loyalty for the club even when the fans publicly disgrace him and curse him and his family for every little mistake he made. He never complained but instead showed his appreciation for the very same people that booed him my working hard for the team. Show leadership quality from the sidelines by supporting his mates when most players… Read more »

KevGman
KevGman
9 years ago

Thanks for some fantastic memories Cesc, see you in the FINAL

Gunningooner
Gunningooner
9 years ago

From now, all thats left to be said is… We either achieve as a unit, or the team falls as individuals.

Im not sure if that made sense, but i will miss you cesc <3
Good Luck for the future!!!

Gunners4Life
Gunners4Life
9 years ago

Very devastated to see our best player leave. I don’t blame him for leaving the club as he truly loves Arsenal and tried his best to win us a title. All the best, ex-captain.

Hopefully Arsene does something, before its too late. Heart aches when teams like Stoke, West Brom, Newcastle etc. have the confidence that they can beat us on any day. We have lost the intimidating aura we once had.

Sofie
Sofie
9 years ago

Glad he’s gone now. Lets start with a fresh beginning. No player is bigger than the club. Won’t wish him any luck with the way he treat Arsenal.

GunnerMacedonia
GunnerMacedonia
9 years ago

i know i`m overreacting, but i feel as if he is dead … i just saw the video, my whole body shivered and i just wish him all the best. he never betrayed us, showed heart, showed respect for the club that developed him in what he is today, but his desire to come back home, where his roots are was deciding factor. all the best, hope to see you coming to the emirates in the future! bye :,(

gunny
gunny
9 years ago

I will not miss him, he was a hondrance to the other players. And I only remember his backpass which cost us the win over Barcelona. Come on the gunners!

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