Mourinho draws first blood in 2014/15 season mind games!

The 2014/15 English Premier League season kick off is a few weeks from now. The first league meeting between Chelsea and Arsenal in the new season is in October but the mind games specialist – Jose Mourinho has wasted no time in taking a dig at his London rivals – Arsenal when he said Cesc Fàbregas never wanted to return to Arsenal. Why does his statement interest me?

cesc fabregas in blue

A Gunner for Life in Blue!

As a neutral, Cesc return to Premier League is a bit of surprise to me considering the manner of approach from Barcelona before the 2010 World Cup till he eventually signed for the Catalan outfit in 2011. I was critically of Arsenal and Fàbregas for bowing to Barcelona’s pressure but that’s a story for another day so it was astonishing to learn of Los Cules decision to cash in on their versatile midfielder. Naturally, one would expect Fàbregas return to the Emirates considering Arsenal have first option buy back clause in his Barcelona’s contract but it was a little surprising to see the Gunners not exercising it.
With hindsight, it is quite clear that Arsenal has moved on after their former skipper’s exit. A return could halt the development of upcoming stars like Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Alex Ox-Chamberlain not to mention unsettling the likes of Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil who could feel threatened. Another point is the issue of captaincy, if Fàbregas returned, will he be handed back the band? What kind of influence will he be exerting in the dressing room, his relatively huge transfer fee and big salary demand….etc? Perhaps these and many more could Arsene Wenger ‘s reasons in opting not bring back the Highbury/Emirates cult hero.
Taking it from a Cesc Fàbregas view point and his ties with the Gunners, playing for Chelsea via Barcelona is an unforgivable sin. Why would his new (controversial) manager stir the bees nest? When quizzed on whether it was difficult to convince Fàbregas to join Chelsea, Mourinho replied: “I spoke with him for 20 minutes. He really wanted to come to us. Arsenal had an option to interfere, but I think he was not open to that. I think he was very, very much in our direction, so it was an easy job for me.”
Jose Mourinho’s comment has opened up a series of debate and counter argument on Fàbregas move once more while Wenger has questioned the position of who is speaking the truth and otherwise.

October 5, 2014 is the date as Chelsea host Arsenal in the first meeting of these two Premier League title rivals. Cesc Fàbregas will be facing his former club for the first since his departure and It would be interesting to see who draws the first blood on the pitch as it appears Chelsea and Mourinho are leading on the mind games platform.

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