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The Real Reason Cesc Fabregas Snubbed Real Madrid Revealed





Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas has revealed in detail why he rejected a transfer move to join Real Madrid many times while he was still an Arsenal player.

The former Chelsea, Barcelona player joined Arsenal’s academy in 2003 and made his senior debut for the club at the age of 16.

Fabregas has played more than 300 games for Arsenal, winning the FA Cup and also reaching the Champions League final in 2006.

Cech Fabregas later left Arsenal in 2011 to join Barcelona but claims he turned down many opportunities to sign for Real Madrid before making a move to Barcelona.

“They [Real Madrid] called me more than once or twice.

“The first time I was very young. I was 18 and they offered me a big salary, but I felt like I belonged at Arsenal.

“Wenger had bet the farm on me. I couldn’t leave. In any case, I’ll always be grateful to Madrid for the way they treated me.

“When I was 23 I had a serious calf injury and they sent me a really nice message.

“I’m grateful for their interest in me but I always dreamed of playing for Barcelona and if I felt that way it was for a reason. It all worked out pretty well for me,” Fabregas told AS.

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FA Cup: Chelsea, Man United, Liverpool And Arsenal Discover Fifth Round Opponents

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Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal are all in the FA Cup fifth round after their respective fourth round wins at the weekend.

The three teams have discovered their fifth round opponents after the draw was held on Monday night.

Arsenal were confirmed for the last 16 of the FA Cup after the 2-1 win over hosts Bournemouth in their fourth round clash courtesy the first half goals from Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah.

South Coast club Bournemouth pulled one back through substitute Sam Surridge at the end of the game.

The Gunners will return to the South Coast for the fifth round against League One club Portsmouth.

Chelsea have been drawn at home in the fifth round and they will face the winner of the game between Liverpool and Shrewsbury Town.

The League One club came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home to Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round and the Reds will host the replay in the first week of February to determine who will face Chelsea.

Manchester United will be the guests of the winner between Derby County and Northampton Town.

Derby County and Northampton Town meet for their FA Cup fourth round replay next month.

Holders Manchester City are away at English Championship club Sheffield Wednesday.

Full Draw:

Sheffield Wednesday vs Manchester City

Portsmouth vs Arsenal

Derby County/Northampton Town vs Manchester United

Chelsea vs Liverpool/Shrewsbury Town

Reading/Cardiff City vs Sheffield United

Tottenham Hotspur/Southampton vs Norwich City

West Brom vs Oxford United/Newcastle United

Leicester City vs Birmingham City vs Coventry City

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EPL: Arsenal Starting XI with Thomas Lemar

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Thomas Lemar

Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar has again been linked with a move to Premier League giants Arsenal after failing to live up to his price tag in the Spanish La Liga.

According to the various media reports on the European continent, Thomas Lemar is a target for the Gunners as well as other European sides like Tottenham Hotspur and French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

The French World Cup winner has neither scored or assisted any goal in the Spanish La Liga this season despite making 15 appearances.

Thomas Lemar also had no goal output in six group stage games in the Champions League last year.

Atletico Madrid signed him from AS Monaco at the start of the last campaign in a transfer said to be worth around £51.5m.

He came close to signing for the Gunners just months before his Atletico Madrid transfer.

Lemar almost joined Arsenal in the summer of 2017 but the transfer didn’t go through as AS Monaco were unable to sign a replacement in time before that summer’s transfer window ended.

The French winger was seen as a like-for-like signing to replace Alexis Sanchez that summer after Manchester City made a bid to sign the Chilean international.

Possible Arsenal XI with Lemar: Bernd Leno; Hector Bellerin, David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Sead Kolasinac; Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Lemar, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli.

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EPL: Confirmed Arsenal Starting Lineup vs Bournemouth

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has the opportunity to lead his team into the fifth round of the FA Cup but he must navigate the Gunners through a tricky fourth round tie at fellow Premier League side Bournemouth.

Arteta and his Arsenal players would be expected to seal their place in the last 16 of the competition at the expense of the Cherries who ended their wretched run with a 3-1 win at home to Brighton and Hove Albion in their last league game.

Before the win over Brighton, Bournemouth had picked up just four points from the last ten games in the Premier League.

Arsenal and Bournemouth have already met twice this season in the league.

The first meeting ended in a 1-0 win for hosts Arsenal courtesy the first half goal from Brazilian international David Luiz. The game took place in October

The second Premier League game between the two teams this season ended in a draw after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cancelled out the opening goal of the game scored by Dan Gosling for the hosts Bournemouth.

Possible Arsenal XI: Emiliano Martinez; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sokratis Papasthathopoulos, Rob Holding, Bukayo Saka; Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil; Gabriel Martinelli, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicholas Pepe.

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EPL Live: Pablo Mari Transfer, All The Latest Updates

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Tuesday, January 28

Arsenal have stepped up talks to sign Spanish defender Pablo Mari from Brazilian Serie A club Flamengo after the ankle injury suffered by Shkrodan Mustafi on Monday night.

Pablo Mari travelled to Arsenal at the weekend for his medical and fans were expecting the official confirmation for his signing at the start of this week only for the transfer to suffer a setback after it was revealed that the two clubs are struggling to agree on a deal for the centre back who was previously on the payroll of Premier League champions Manchester City.

Pablo Mari left Manchester City to join Flamengo in a £1m deal last summer and he has become a key player for the Brazilians.

He won two major trophies at Flamengo in just six months.

Arsenal will have three fit central defenders only if the injury sustained by Mustafi during the FA Cup fourth-round tie with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Monday night is serious.

He was stretchered off during the game as a result of the ankle injury as the Gunners secured their place in the fifth round via the 2-1 away win over the Cherries.

David Luiz, Sokratis Papasthathopoulos and Rob Holding are the only fit centre backs at Arsenal.

Sunday, January 26

Pablo Mari wishes to speak with Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola.

Pablo Mari revealed that he has never met with Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola and he expresses his desire to speak with him one day.

Saturday, January 25

Flamengo defender Pablo Mari is expected in London this weekend for his Arsenal medical after the two clubs agreed for the player to move back to the Premier League.

According to Arsenal correspondent for Goal Charles Watts, Pablo Mari will join the Gunners on loan for the remainder of this season with the option of a permanent transfer available this summer when his loan period at the Emirates Stadium comes to an end.

Pablo Mari was on the books at Premier League champions Manchester City for three years before his exit last summer.

The 26-year-old Spanish center-back was sent on loan to three different clubs during his time at Manchester City as he failed to register an appearance for the Citizens during his time with the club.

He was first sent on loan to feeder club Girona in Spain and then Dutch top-flight side NAC Breda before ending up at Deportivo La Coruna also in his native Spain.

Pablo Mari left Manchester City for Flamengo in the Brazilian Serie A at the start of this season for just £1m and went on to become a key player for the Brazilians whom he helped to win both the COPA Libertadores title and the league title.

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How Arsenal Will Lineup When Pablo Mari Completes His Loan Transfer

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Pablo Mari

Arsenal have moved quickly to strengthen their defence for the rest of the season after Spanish defender Pablo Mari agreed a deal to join the Gunners.

Pablo Mari is a key player for reigning Brazilian Serie A champions and COPA Libertadores title holders Flamengo who have an agreement in place with Arsenal for the Spanish centre back to join on loan till this summer.

The player touched down in London for his Arsenal medical earlier this weekend in the company of sporting director Edu.

Both Pablo Mari and Edu flew to London from Rio De Janiero in Brazil together.

Pablo Mari was in the Premier League with Champions Manchester City before he completed a £1m transfer to Flamengo where he enhanced his reputation as a ball playing central defender.

He forged a very good centre back partnership with Rodrigo Ciao at Flamengo and that was instrumental to the end of their title drought in the COPA Libertadores as Flamengo won the competition for the first time in over three decades.

Flamengo also won the league title in the Brazilian top flight aided by the centre back pairing.

Arsenal XI with Pablo Mari in it is expected to be different a little bit with Sokratis Papasthathopoulos droppong out for him probably.

Arsenal XI (4-3-3): Bernd Leno; Hector Bellerin, David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Sead Kolasinac; Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel Martinelli and Nicholas Pepe.

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EPL: Aubameyang Transfer, All The Latest Updates

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Tuesday, January 28

Premier League giants Arsenal are braced up for a bid from Barcelona for their skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang according to the Daily Telegraph.

Barcelona are in the market to sign a replacement for injured star striker Luis Suarez and Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a major target for the Catalans.

The Spanish champions were dealt a big blow earlier this month following the injury to Luis Suarez.

Barcelona won’t be without the Uruguayan international for the next four months after he underwent knee surgery.

Luis Suarez has been at Barcelona for almost six years on the back of his £75m transfer from Liverpool.

Aubameyang has 18 months left on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium and it remains to be seen whether Barcelona would be able to prise the Gabonese international from Arsenal.

The Arsenal skipper recently rebuffed the various transfer rumours linking him with an exit from the North London club.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 14 goals in the Premier League this season and he has 16 goals in all competitions for the Gunners this season.

He has been at Arsenal since his transfer from Borussia Dortmund two years ago.

Barcelona could turn their attention to other striker targets like Rodrigo Moreno of Valencia, Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan if they fail lure Aubameyang away from Arsenal.

Sunday, January 26

Barcelona have turned their interest towards Rodrigo as a replacement for Luis Suarez this January transfer window, opening the door for Paris Saint-Germain to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Saturday, January 25

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won’t be joining Spanish champions Barcelona this month according to the London Evening Standard.

Earlier reports had stated that Barcelona want to sign the Arsenal skipper on loan till this summer before they spend big on a striker like Lautaro Martinez who plays for Italian Serie A title contenders Inter Milan.

The above mentioned report stated that Barcelona are no longer interested in signing Aubameyang as they have concerns over his age (the Gabonese international will be 31 by June), the difficulty of doing a deal for him in the middle of the season.

Barcelona are looking for a new striker after Luis Suarez was ruled out for several months as a result of the knee injury he sustained earlier this month.

Luis Suarez has undergone knee surgery and rehabilitation will take close to four months.

Apart from Gunners skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Barcelona have been linked with Valencia and Spanish international striker Rodrigo Moreno who has a €60m release clause in his contract.

Valencia are open to the negotiation table for Rodrigo Moreno meaning that Barcelona can sign the striker for a lesser transfer fee than the release clause in his present deal with the Spanish Copa Del Rey holders.

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EPL: Arsenal ‘In Talks’ Over Potential Deal For Thomas Lemar

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Thomas Lemar

North London club Arsenal are said to be in talks to sign Atletico Madrid forward Thomas Lemar who is surplus to requirements at the Spanish capital club.

According to French publication RMC Sport, Arsenal are in negotiations to sign Thomas Lemar from Atletico Madrid but a deal has not been agreed for him.

Thomas Lemar joined Atletico Madrid from former French champions AS Monaco at the start of the last campaign in a deal reported to be around £52.7m but the French international has not lived up to his price tag as he has struggled to make an impact for the Rojiblancos.

Atletico Madrid want to sell him to fund the move for a new striker believed to be experienced Paris Saint Germain (PSG) hitman Edinson Cavani.

PSG director Leonardo recently confirmed a €10m bid from Atletico Madrid for Cavani before revealing that the offer was turned down.

Atletico Madrid want to sign the Uruguayan striker before the transfer window closes next week.

The player has already been offered a two-and-a-half-year deal by Atletico Madrid until the end of the 2021/22 season.

Edinson Cavani has scored 198 goals in 293 games since he joined from Napoli in the Italian Serie A around eight years ago.

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EPL: How Arsenal Plan To Sign Mykola Matviyenko

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Arsenal have submitted a loan offer for Shakthar Donetsk defender Mykola Matviyenko as they bid to ease their defensive worries this season.

This is according to Sky Sports which stated that the Gunners want to sign the 23-year-old centre back on a temporary deal until this summer with the option of signing him permanently afterwards.

Ukrainian champions Shakthar Donetsk prefer a permanent deal for the £30m-rated centre back to the idea of a loan transfer that has the opportunity of not working as expected.

For now, Arsenal will have to navigate through this season with unreliable defenders like David Luiz, Sokratis Papasthathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi.

Arsenal have had to deal with the serious injury suffered by Calum Chambers plus the decision to send young defender Kostantinos Mavropanos to German Bundesliga two outfit Nurnberg.

The numerous defensive issues have impacted negatively on Arsenal who find themselves in 10th position on the league table with 14 Premier League games still to play this season.

Arsenal are ten points adrift of the top four spots on the Premier League log.

Still on Arsenal and their defensive issues, the Gunners are said to be closing in on the  £7.5m signing of Flamengo defender Pablo Mari.

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