With Xavi and Iniesta in full flow in the World Cup, minutes have been hard to come by for Cesc Fabregas.
Two appearances off the bench- substituting Xavi in the 66th minute of the Honduras match and then coming on for the ineffective Fernando Torres in the 55th minute against Chile. That is it.
Against Honduras Iniesta was not available through injury. One would have thought Vicente Del Bosque would have brought in an attack minded midfielder like Fabregas who is no slouch when it comes to scoring. Instead he went in for Jesus Navas for this must win match.
A situation that will mirror itself at Barca.
Pep Guardiola who has been significantly silent through this whole Fabregas saga has a number of options of the bench should Xavi or Iniesta be unavailable. He used them quite effectively to win the Liga as Iniesta remained away frequently with lots of niggling injuries.
Fabregas seems to have finally seen the light.
"I haven't said that I will definitely leave Arsenal. Everything is possible. Now I have my head and my focus on the World Cup.
"I am very proud to be captain of Arsenal and I love the club and have respect for them. It gave me such pride to be made captain."
Does not sound like the words of a player who is in a hurry to leave. We will have him back at the Emirates this season. Meanwhile Goal.com is frothing about Mesut Oezil. That post has Arsenal fighting Barca for Oezil's services. That can't make Fabregas happy at all- even though its just another silly traffic driver.