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Cesc Fabregas makes a further claim for captaincy

If, like me, you watched the snoozathon that was Italy v Spain on Sunday night, you'll probably agree that Cesc Fabregas was the best player on the pitch, despite only coming off the bench to replace Andres Iniesta in the 58th minute.

However, what was even more impressive was the fact that Fab 4 stepped up to take Spain's fifth and decisive penalty in the resulting shoot out and coolly slotted the ball past the despairing Gianluigi Buffon.

Why so remarkable you might ask? Well, by Cesc's own admission, that was the first penalty he's ever taken as a professional footballer. A fellow Gooner friend of mine called that statement into question, recalling that Cesc's first ever game - in the Carling Cup against Rotherham in October 2003 - was the only game to ever go to penalties in the history of Highbury Stadium.

But Fabregas, who became the club's youngest ever player in that game aged just 16 years and 117 days, was replaced after 85 minutes by Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (remember him?), before Arsenal went on to triumph 9-8 in the shoot out.

Anyway, I digress. The fact that Fabregas was willing to take his first ever penalty in such a pressure situation speaks volumes for the young Spaniard and is yet another reason for Arsene Wenger to promote Cesc to the role of captain...

Ok, so Cesc knew that he had netted against Buffon before (opening the scoring in that historic 2-0 win over Juventus at Highbury in 2006). But to still have the nerve to go up against arguably the world's best goalkeeper, with the aspirations of millions of your countrymen depending on you, shows nerves of steel.

And if that was his first ever penalty, then I believe Fabregas could be called upon by his Gunner team mates to handle the pressure from 12 yards out next season.

Let's hope that Cesc's Spain can go on to win the tournament now and give our midfield dynamo some well deserved silverware. And perhaps with a Euro 2008 winners medal in his grasp, Fabregas might find himself being elevated to the position of Arsenal captain to gain the distinction of being the club's youngest ever skipper, being a matter of days junior to Tony Adams when he was given the skipper's armband.

Were you similarly impressed by Cesc under pressure against Buffon? Do you think he deserves to be made captain of Arsenal Football Club? Or do you think he's still too young to be a leader of men? Share your thoughts here.

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Posted by Gordon Masson on June 24, 2008 8:50 AM in Debate of the Day
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i am italian girl.... but i love cesc!!!!!!! it's the greatest footballer in the world... he is beautiful and funny... it's perfect for me... ihihi hello to everyone!!!!

Posted by: carlotta | June 24, 2008 3:41 PM

Uh, I thought 'cescy looked kinda pale during the game; but I can dig it, I suppse.

Anyhow, I'd like for him to grab that armband. But I wonder what Grumpy face would do... leave?

Final note, who's our main penalty taker when Robin ain't around? :O

Posted by: Martin | June 24, 2008 11:42 PM

he is very funny and most georgeous...
he play very good

Posted by: Ana | July 4, 2008 12:19 PM

I LOVE FABREGASSSSSSS...I LIKE HIM VERY MUCH!!!

Posted by: xuliganka | July 4, 2008 5:40 PM

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