Sometime during the second half of last month, a 21-year-old kid was made captain of one of the biggest football clubs in the world. Arsene Wenger was right in ripping the sacred armband off Gallas? arm, but he ended up handing it to his best player.
One might argue that Tony Adams was younger when he was handed the captaincy. It is as simple as this. My personal opinion is that Fabregas does not have that flair for the armband that was displayed so beautifully by Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira. To put it in simple words, he just is not a natural leader!
About ten days into his captaincy, Fabregas has gone dropping hints that he may bid farewell to the Gunners, in favour of Milan. He has gone on to make multiple statements about the Rossoneri to La Gazzetta dello saying that A.C. Milan are the team that plays the best football, and that they are inclined towards an organised team game.
This just goes to show that Wenger has picked the wrong man as captain. If nothing else, this is too early to be handing the captain office to this youngster. What he should have done is to give Almunia the hotspot on a temporary basis, buy a stopgap captain for a couple of seasons or so, until a little more maturity crept into this exceptional footballer, and then, perhaps, it would be time to unleash him as the new face of the Gunners for a long, long time to come.
Don?t get me wrong; I have a lot of respect for Arsene Wenger. But this decision of his is something that deeply unsettles me. Apart from his normal duties, he will have to assume a truckload of responsibilities. It is something that might hurt his playing.
All said and done, Cesc Fabregas? statements to the press about Milan (this is not the first time that he has been linked to Milan, but as captain, it makes for a completely different story) did get me grinning wryly. Kids will be kids, Mr. Wenger?
Adithya Ananth – fantasyfootballguru.co.uk