Fabregas: I may have blocked Ramsey & Wilshere at Arsenal
Cesc Fabregas admits his presence may have been blocking Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere's progress at Arsenal
Cesc Fabregas admits his presence may have blocked the progress of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere at Arsenal – but believes the pair can be as “good as they want”.
The 26-year-old was the dominant figure in the Gunners side after he took over the captain’s armband, leading the north London side to the cusp of the Premier League title in 2008.
Fabregas moved to Barcelona in a £25.5m deal in 2011, but it is only now that Ramsey and Wilshere are becoming the integral members of Arsene Wenger’s side after a string of injuries.
And the Spain international believes the pair could be flourishing without his shadow casting over them.
Fabregas told the Guardian: “Sometimes I look back and I think about being captain, about the responsibility I had, and I wonder: how did someone like Ramsey look at me?
“I watch the way Ramsey is playing now, how he looks so liberated, and I think maybe I blocked his way. Maybe I was an obstacle. Sometimes you need someone to leave for you to step forward and say: “I’m here.”
“I’m saying that about Ramsey just as an example, by the way, because the poor kid had the injury too – I could say the same for Jack.
On Ramsey, Fabregas added: “Ramsey’s stamina is spectacular. He and Flamini are the strongest I’ve ever seen, covering the ground.
“Ramsey is one of those that you look at and think: “He doesn’t stand out in any specific quality, but he does everything, everything, well.” His touch is good, his movement’s good, now he’s scoring goals too, providing assists. He’s a kid who as a team player is a beast. Above all, he now has the confidence, responsibility.”
Meanwhile, Fabregas believes Wilshere is a different type of footballer to the two most dominant English midfielders of the past decade, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
“Wilshere is a bit different to the typical English player. He’s not a [Steven] Gerrard or a [Frank] Lampard, he’s more of a short passer, a “tocador”; a player of association.”