It’s quite refreshing to see former players speak highly of the Arsene Wenger at a point when the pressure for him to deliver is high and at the period when almost everyone he has brough throught at one time or the other [Hey Henry, Hi ‘Mr Arsenal’ Adams, Hi WOBs, I’m talking about y’all] is turning against him.
Former Arsenal captain, Cesc Fabregas said Arsene Wenger is probably the most important manager he’s ever had. It is worth noting 16-year old Fabregas was fast-tracked into the Arsenal midfield by Arsene Wenger in the early part of the 2004/2005 season after several key players were out due to injury and the young Spaniard took the chances with both hands, thereby establishing himself in the team. He broke several of the club’s records in the process, earning a reputation as one of the best players in his position, and won the FA Cup in 2005. In 2011 however, Fabregas forced through a move to Barcelona where he won 6 titles in 3 years.
Speaking to Four-Four-Two, Fabregas accorded Wenger the respect he deserves by acknowledging he wouldn’t have been where he is today if Wenger hadn’t given him the chance so early in his career.
“Arsene Wenger was probably the most important because he gave me the real chance, the chance that everyone needs and everyone wants.
“After that it’s up to you to prove that they are right, they are wrong, it’s in your hands, but he gave me the chance.
“He took me when I was only 16 – he made me a better player, a better person. I always considered him like a father figure, like a second father.
“The way he treated me it’s not normal nowadays in football because everything is so fast, everyone is so impatient – you need results now.
“And for that Wenger is a special manager and a special person, and without him I wouldn’t be here right now.”
I agree with you this time, Cesc, Arsene Wenger is really a special manager.