Cesc Fabregas who completed his move to Barcelona did not forget to praise his former coach.
"Wenger is like my second father. I am here, in large part because of him."
" Here you have a bad image of him but this is not so, I assure you. You've said things like I was kidnapped which is not true. He will always be in my head and my heart. Saying goodbye to him was very hard" he concluded.
On joining Barcelona:
" It is the biggest challenge of my life, competing in the best club and with the best players in the world. But I have no fear. "
He also referred to his departure for Arsenal when he was barely 16.
"People are hurt because I left when I was young, but I'm here to give everything."
He might also see minutes on the pitch when Real come visiting in the second leg of the Super Copa on Wednesday. That would be quite an introduction. Fabregas will be wearing the number 4 which was previously Thiago's to have but was set aside for his arrival.
A few thoughts here. Throughout this whole saga, Fabregas conducted himself with the utmost restraint and dignity. His new -old club and his team mates did not. Even Wenger and Arsenal were found petty and short sighted. Really, there is only one winner here and it is Fabregas. Barcelona might have found their future number 4 but they paid a price in goodwill and conduct. Arsenal lost because they refused to acknowledge the writing on the wall and failed to move for quality additions. In sum, Barca should acknowledge that Cesc's development under Wenger went according to plan. They get a player more than capable of taking over the reins from Xavi when he finally bids adieu.