skipper Cesc Fabregas says that he was not swayed by a pay increase from Arsene Wenger in his decision not to move to Barcelona.
Fit for this weekend’s match against Manchester City, the club captain is excited to return to the league in his team’s pursuit of this year’s title.
The Gunners have had little tangible success in terms of silverware since their FA Cup final win in 2005, when they beat Manchester United 5-4 on penalties.
He told The Sun: “I am confident Arsenal can win things this season. I wouldn’t play if I wasn’t. We have a good squad, the spirit is there and with a little luck on the injury front who knows what we can achieve?”
Fabregas has said he would never sign for any club solely for money, which he describes as “the last points on [his] agenda”. This comes at the end of a long week of media attention on money and transfers.
“I love the game. I want to win things and would only want to play for a club that has ambition, a desire to compete and the ability to win trophies,” declared the 23-year-old.
Arsenal face their familiar foes at the City of Manchester Stadium on Sunday, and Fabregas acknowledges that City can buy anyone they like, but feels that their players are not given enough time to fall into place and gel as a team.
“There is no rule that if you spend £50 million on a player he will be an instant success,” the Spaniard explains.
“There have been many players at many clubs over the years that have gone for huge money but haven’t done well.”?