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Cesc Fabregas: I Take Full Blame For Arsenal's Champions League Exit To Barcelona

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has held his hands up and taken blame for his side crashing out of the Champions League.

The Gunners were knocked out 4-3 on aggregate by Barcelona after losing the last 16 second leg 3-1 at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night, with Barca's first goal coming directly from a mistake by the Spanish international.

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no_more_heroes4127d ago

of all the players on the pitch, Fabregas was the absolute last person in the team I'd expect that from.

crazyturkey4127d ago

Well, he gave a back heel pass to Iniesta I think for the first goal and he really didn't do much for the rest of the game. In the end I could say that Rosicky, Diaby and him were lost. Even after the final score I think our defense and Almunia were good, Nasri and Wilshere too.

Yi-Long4127d ago

... and Wilshere was very good again as well. The kid looks to have a great future ahead of him.

Van Persie was absolutely worthless all evening, and made matters worse with his immature behaviour. Yeah, the 2nd yellow was way OTT, and yeah, Abidal should have been sent off for grabbing his throat, but that still doesn't excuse Van Persie's reaction, and he should already have been booked(at least) for the tackle on Messi earlier in the match.

Apart from Wilshere, the midfield was pretty poor, and I feel Wenger should have started with both Arshavin and Bendtner in the team. Arshavin because of his threatening pace, and Bendtner because you need a forward you can play the ball to and who actually holds it.

Arsenal played too defensively and cowardly, and against a team like Barca, you will be ripped apart. Especially considering the fact that Arsenal is a team where the strength is in their attacking positive football, and not in the 'leaning back'.

Red card didn't really change much btw. Arsenal were already kinda playing with 10 men before VP got sent off. The only time we saw him when he was doing dumb shit.