Cesc Fabregas sends class message to axed Arsenal talent spotter Francis Cagigao

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Cesc Fabregas sends class message to axed Arsenal talent spotter Francis Cagigao Cesc Fabregas broke into the Arsenal first team at a 17-year-old back in 2004 (Picture: Getty)‘Nothing would have been the same for me if you didn’t spot me at 15 years old, like so many others. I wish you all the very best for the future, your next team will be very very lucky to have your amazing football brain at their disposal.’Arsenal have also dispensed with the services of senior scouts Brian McDermott and Peter Clark, while Ty Gooden, who according to Goal played a major role in identifying William Saliba, has been dismissed. The FA Cup holders announced earlier this week that 55 club staff would be made redundant as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, but the changes to their scouting department are not linked. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalDespite the financial strain being placed upon the club, Arsenal are determined to press ahead with their plans to bolster Mikel Arteta’s squad this summer. Willian is on the verge of joining on a free transfer from Chelsea, while talks are underway with Barcelona with the Gunners looking to strike a deal for Philippe Coutinho. Another Brazilian, Lille central defender Gabriel, is a top target while Arsenal are said to be increasingly confident that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will sign a new contract. MORE: Former Arsenal and Man Utd star Robin van Persie returns to Feyenoord as a coach: ‘I can’t say no to Dick’MORE: Barcelona the only threat to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signing new Arsenal dealFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 7 Aug 2020 11:48 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link389Shares Francis Cagigao was responsible for spotting the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Gabriel Martinelli (Picture: Instagram)Cesc Fabregas has paid a class tribute to Arsenal’s long-serving talent spotter Francis Cagigao who was axed earlier this week as part of the north London club’s dramatic shake up of their scouting network. The Spaniard played an instrumental role in bringing his compatriot to Arsenal as an unheralded teenager from Barcelona. Fabregas went on to establish himself as one of the finest midfield players in the club’s history before his subsequent return to Catalonia in the summer of 2011. Cagigao was also credited with playing a major role in unearthing the likes of Hector Bellerin and Gabriel Martinelli, but has been deemed surplus to requirements by Edu after the club’s technical director undertook a sweeping review of the club.AdvertisementAdvertisementFabregas believes he owes much of his success to Cagigao and believes his future employers will benefit hugely from his talent and widom.ADVERTISEMENTHe wrote on Instagram: ‘Thank you for the 24+ years of devotion, respect, dedication and love you gave to Arsenal.  Advertisementlast_img read more

EPL: Burnley set to compound Everton woes

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Joe Hart pens two-year deal with Tottenham EPL: Burnley seek history against Brighton Burnley vs. EvertonVenue: Turf MoorKick off: 3PMBurnley play host to Everton this afternoon afternoon looking to increase their two-point advantage over the Toffees in the Premier League table.Marco Silva finds himself under pressure at the Merseyside outfit, with four defeats coming from their opening seven games of the season.Sean Dyche would have been disappointed with the return from games against Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers during the opening weeks of the campaign, matches which the Clarets did enough to claim at least four points rather than just the one.However, Burnley have impressed since the last international break, recording a win and two draws from fixtures against Brighton & Hove Albion, Norwich City and Aston Villa respectively.Dyche would have placed high importance on avoiding defeat against teams who could emerge as direct rivals in the battle for survival, and Burnley now sit four points clear of the drop zone.There will no doubt be a desire to build on their recent streak against Everton, Leicester City and Chelsea, all of whom should prove difficult tests, but this side can play with a certain degree of freedom given their form since the beginning of the season.Everton, on the other hand, must find a way to end a run of four defeats from five matches, a period which has left the club just two points above the bottom three.Given their transfer outlay in the summer, Silva would have had high hopes of a top-six finish, but that will not be achieved until the Portuguese finds a solution at both ends of the pitch.The defence will be his biggest concern with 12 goals being conceded in their last five outings, something which is not ideal ahead of facing the in-form partnership of Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood at Turf Moor.While there is no doubting that Everton possess the quality to turn around their fortunes, Silva may not be the man to oversee that should results not improve in the coming weeks. Burnley possible XI: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Piters, Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Westwood, McNeil, Barnes, Wood.Everton possible XI: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Schneiderlin, Delph, Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Calvert-Lewin.Tags: Burnleylast_img read more