Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has openly criticised his club’s manager, Arsene Wenger, saying time has come for the Frenchman to decide if he wants to win trophies.
Wenger is known and revered fr playing attractive football but has tested fans’ patience by failing to win anything since the 2005 FA Cup.
“If you went to Spain and said to (Barcelona manager) Pep Guardiola, (Real Madrid manager) Jose Mourinho or (Valencia boss) Unai Emery they would have three years without a trophy, it would be obvious they would not continue,” Fabregas told Spanish sport’s magazine Don Balon.
“But, here it is different.
“The manager is intelligent and the club value different things: that the team is always in the Champions League; that we compete until the end; that we have young players, economic stability.
“But I imagine there will be a moment when you have to decide: do you win things or not?”
Fabregas joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2003 and played in the side that won the 2004 Premier League title without losing a single game.
But since that legendary side was dismantled, Fabregas has ben expected to bear the burden of leadership.
“Without a doubt, the Invincibles team is the best I have ever played in,” Fabregas said.
“You felt that if you had a bad game, nothing happened because your teammates helped you.
“Those players made you better. Now a lot has changed and I am the man everyone looks to. I don’t like to say it but it is true.