Spaniard wonders about his impact on Ramsey and co.
Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas believes he may have slowed the development of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere.
Fabregas spent eight seasons with Arsenal before returning to boyhood club Barcelona in summer 2011. The pass-master is considered one the Premier League’s finest ever playmakers and the Spain international says he has considered the impact he had on the youngster players, like Ramsey and Wilshere.
“Sometimes I look back and I think about being captain [at Arsenal], about the responsibility I had, and I wonder: how did someone like Ramsey look at me?,” Fabregas told the Guardian.
Ramsey, 22, has enjoyed a superb start to the current campaign, netting nine goals in just 12 appearances and Fabregas admits he may have been an obstacle to the Welshman’s development.
“I watch the way Ramsey is playing now, how he looks so liberated, and I think maybe I blocked his way. Maybe I was an obstacle,” the 26-year-old added.
“Sometimes you need someone to leave for you to step forward and say: “I’m here.” I’m saying that about Ramsey just as an example, by the way, because the poor kid had the injury too – I could say the same for Jack [Wilshere]. It’s the concept I’m talking about, the idea of stepping up. That mental unblocking is so important.”