Just days after Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas issued that controversial statement to the Spanish magazine Don Balon by stating the team lack winning mentality, hinting that Arsene Wenger is doing a bad job maintaining their motivational and hunger for trophies, the Frenchman now suddenly believes Fabregas cannot cope with the pressure of being a skipper.
23-year-old took over the captaincy armband from William Gallas back in November 2008, as tensions rose between him and the Gunners youth team, but it seams as similar faith now awaits Fabregas too.
“It is too much for him at his age. I believe so,” Wenger said. “But he is the captain of the team and [Robin] van Persie is vice-captain, they put a lot of pressure on themselves.
“Cesc is a winner. He wants to win, he is desperate to win the games, and of course when it does not work, he is frustrated.
“It is too much because it doesn’t go as well. Once it will go well, he will grow with it.
“Every difficulty in life will make you stronger, especially when you have a strong character, and Cesc is a strong character.
“I believe it will make him stronger, but maybe this season it is a bit of a heavy burden.”
Wenger still reiterates his statement that there is no need whatsoever for team renewal in the summer, even if it means going against what his players want, Cesc Fabregas that is.
“I believe that this team has been educated, grown together. The biggest achievement for them will be to win together,” he said.
“They will have learnt their job the hard way. They have been criticised a lot and, at the moment, they do not get the credit they deserve. Once they win, they will be stronger.”