by CARL ELDRIDGE What can you say about Cesc Fabregas after his dazzling display dispatched Blackburn 6-2 at the Emirates yesterday? Well, there are plenty of plaudits for the Gunners star in this morning’s paper I can tell you.
The Sun reckons the Spanish ace played the game of his life then said he is keen to stay at the club he loves. The Gunners captain made four goals, scored a scorcher himself and also struck the bar before going off to a standing ovation.
He said: “There’s always speculation I don’t like it here but I am committed to this club 100 per cent. It’s my seventh season here and it’s hard to hear people say they think I’m not committed enough. It was a good time to show them I really love this club.”
In the Mirror, we learn that Thierry Henry watched his successor produce a master class – but he can forget taking him back to Barcelona.
Cesc Fabregas played his best ever game in an Arsenal shirt as he set up four and scored a spectacular goal of his own in front of his former captain in the stands.
But it was what Fabregas did after his stunning 57th minute strike which sent a clear message about his commitment to the Gunners, despite Barcelona admitting publicly they would like to sign him.
Fabregas ran over to the corner of the ground where former captain Henry was sitting, made a big show of grabbing his shirt and kissing the club badge before pointing to every part of the ground.
It was just one of those days. It could almost have been designed to complete a week of celebration as Arsene Wenger became the club’s longest-serving manager.
No doubt the celebration would have been complete had AW been able to call on Henry for a cameo role. Asked by the Guardian: Would Henry have even got a game in this team? “He would,” said Wenger. “And he would have scored certainly.”
The Mail picks out the contrasting approaches to the game from the managers: In many ways, this was Wenger’s Arsenal career in a nutshell. Fluent football, questionable defending, eight goals and a distinct clash of styles with Sam Allardyce, one of his great adversaries during 13 years in England.
‘There is something in this side that is light-hearted and enjoyable to watch,’ said Wenger. ‘Why? Because they enjoy what they do.’
Again, Cesc is the main man according to the Telegraph: The catalyst both for the comeback and the emphatic victory was captain Cesc Fàbregas, who produced a remarkable individual performance to score once and provided the assist for four goals. In eight league matches involving Arsenal this season, there have now been a total of 34 goals.
So, too, does the Times acknowledge his outstanding cointribution: An indication of the dominance of Fàbregas came when Dunn stood and grinned upon being disposed by Fàbregas as if he was thinking, “The man’s a genius, what I am supposed to do?” while Fàbregas powered farther upfield and duly scored, controlling Tomas Rosicky’s pass with his chest and hitting the ball on the half-volley to loop it into Robinson’s top right-hand corner.
Fàbregas’s final flourish was to dink the ball on to Theo Walcott for his first significant touch of the season to give Arsenal a three-goal cushion. Aaron Ramsey came on for Fàbregas and, in the best traditions of the dutiful understudy, performed with a similar level of panache, playing two superb passes through to Walcott, who failed to beat Robinson. Ha, ha.