EXCLUSIVE: Fab will stay, says Keown

MARTIN Keown knows all about making a mistake and leaving Arsenal. He did exactly that early in his Gunners career and after spells with Villa and Everton came back home to Highbury to complete a hugely successful, medal-laden career.
He left in 1986 when the frugal George Graham wouldn’t pay him what he was worth and returned in 1993 for a fee of £2million. So I reckon he is more than qualified to talk with an air of authority about the ongoing transfer speculation surrounding Cesc Fabregas. In short, the former central defender is adamant that the little Spaniard is staying put.
As the overtures from Barcelona arrive on an almost daily basis (tabloid pages need to be filled), Keown surveyed the situation and said: “I don’t think Fabregas will leave the club. He is playing in a team that produce superb performances for a world-class manager in Arsene Wenger and is adored by the Arsenal fans, so he has everything going for him at the club.” Of course, that won’t stop the calling from the Catalan capital and it’s hard to imagine that at some stage Fabregas will play for his boyhood idols. But Arsenal will benefit hugely and have high hopes of bringing home some silverware if he hangs around for a couple of years, says Keown.
“He is the type of player you need if you are going to challenge for trophies,” added Keown. “His technical ability is top drawer, he is a winner and has great spirit.” Arsenal fans hope that Fabregas doesn’t make the same mistake Keown did all those years ago and stays at the rip-roaring Reds a little while longer. And I have a sneaking felling that when he does call time on his Gunners career, he will head back to Spain with more than just great memories of his time at the club.
What do you think? Will Fabregas stay and win things with Arsenal?

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