The good news this morning is that it seems certain that Cesc Fabregas is staying at Arsenal. He pitched up at Memberâ€™s Day yesterday, and he apparently had a chat with Wenger during which he confirmed that for the next season at least, heâ€™s going nowhere.
Great news, in fact. Heâ€™s a once-in-a-generation footballer. Heâ€™s that good.
But honestly, when football becomes a soap opera I despair.
Yesterday everyone was hanging on his gestures, his smiles, who he was training with. Twitter was abuzz. Iâ€™m pretty sure there was a tweet from somewhere supposedly reputable saying he hadnâ€™t shown up for the team photo, only for him to show up for the team photo.
We were hanging on his every word.
Except hold on, because he hasnâ€™t said any words, has he? Heâ€™s said a big fat nada all summer in public. He clearly has his reasons for keeping mum but the problem with that is itâ€™s turned everyone into frenzied lunatics. I doubt I am the only one who is desperate for him put this whole fandango to bed by simply opening his mouth. Personally, I think he needs to. â€œYes, I admit I was keen to move to Barcelona. But it’s not happening, Iâ€™m staying and Iâ€™m committedâ€. That would do me.
There are those who think he doesnâ€™t need to say anything but I think now is the time to do just that. Firstly it would be a fillip â€“ as it was when Torres publicly stated he was staying at Liverpool. And secondly, it might just â€“ heaven forbid â€“ put an end to the drip-drip Cesc-to-Barca stories that quite frankly are driving me insane.
You see, as if by magic thereâ€™s another one this morning saying the Catalan club are reportedly coming back with an improved â‚¬42m offer.
Thirdly, and most importantly, itâ€™s time for the focus to shift to the team, the preparation, the season ahead, and nothing else.
And that’s exactly what Cesc has done with this statement, and not a moment too soon. An honest admission that his head was turned, but a commitment to give it his all this season. Saga over (until next time, eh…)