Cesc Fabregas is the hearbeat of the current Arsenal team, club captain and club talisman.
Possibly one of the most talented football players to ever grace the planet, Cesc Fabregas has been a revelation ever since growing into his role as Arsenal's talisman and captain.
Inducted into the famed La Masia youth academy made famous by Barcelona, young Fabregas learnt the ropes from the very best. At the very tender age of 10, he was already scoring freely with the Barcelona youth teams as a defensive midfielder - something that would serve him well in the years to come.
This brilliant form however, was not enough to propel Fabregas into the first team, prompting him to look elsewhere where first team opportunities may be easier to come by. Youth coaches at Barcelona knew about his presence, but not enough to persuade him to stay and wait for his chances in the academy.
True enough, on 11 September 2003, Fabregas joined another famous youth academy, the one helmed by Arsenal - as a wide eyed 16 year old. Never in his wildest dreams, would he have expected this decision to shape and change his already evolving footballing life.
Wenger was quick to recognise his sparkling and unique gift, immediately giving Fabregas the opportunity to work and train with the first team players. On the faithful day of 23 October 2003, Fabregas made his debut in a Carling Cup clash with Rotherham United. He was only 16 years and 177 days when he stepped onto the field. One of the youngest, and one of the best.
A Joy to Watch
The reason why Fabregas is such an integral part in Arsene Wenger's team, is due to his playmaking ability from the middle of the pitch. Due to his immense innate talent, Fabregas started to hone his skills throughout the years, where even a deeper role would still suit him perfectly well. His drive and determination, his extraordinary vision and skill in killing and releasing the ball, were simply astonishing.
Like a hot knife slicing through butter - Fabregas's trademark passes were precise and accurate. If ever he opts for a long ball, they are always calculated and measured, landing almost all of the time on his teammate's instep.
In 2008, he was named the PFA Young Player of the Year, and also crowned the 2007-2008 Arsenal.com Player of the Season. His achievements have of course attracted other big clubs - with Barcelona claiming that Fabregas is a Catalan through and through, and that he will one day return to the Nou Camp - where his roots are.
Transfer speculation regarding the Gunners captain has always been distinctly pervasive, although he has done admirably well to quash such distracting rumours and focus his attentions on helping both Arsenal and the Spanish national team achieve success.
Transfer of Responsibility
Certainly, one of the highlights in Fabregas's career was when the captain's armband was handed to him in November 2008. That was the point when Wenger realised how influential the Spaniard really is to the team, and how vital it was to keep him at the Emirates for as long as possible.
The Arsenal faithful will certainly keep their hopes up, and have their fingers crossed, for their El Capitan is arguably the heartbeat and soul of their team.