Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri linked up in fine style for Arsenal back in March 2010 as the Spaniard scored one of the Gunners’ best goals of the season against Burnley at the Emirates.
The two sides entered the clash in north London with very different challenges in front of them. Arsenal were chasing Champions League football, while Burnley were battling against relegation.
Some free-flowing interplay between the pair was finished off by Fabregas following a superb lob into the box by Nasri.
This week marks 12 years since the magnificent goal was scored. In celebration, @Gunnersc0m uploaded a clip of it to their Twitter account, tagging Cesc in the post while doing so.
However, it was his former colleague Nasri that first commented on the tweet.
That connection with u my bro 🔥 @cesc4official— Samir Nasri Official (@SamNasri19) March 1, 2022
“That connection with you my bro,” wrote the Frenchman, alongside a fire emoji, reminiscing about the duo’s sparkling understanding on the pitch.
Fabregas quickly responded to his pal.
Pass and move, pass and move my friend. Nowadays they wouldn’t allow you to do this.— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) March 1, 2022
“Pass and move, pass move my friend,” acknowledged Cesc, before adding: “Nowadays they wouldn’t allow you to do this.”
Pressed by a fan as to who the ‘they’ in Fabregas’ tweet were, the midfielder commented: “Modern football, modern coaches”.
Modern football, modern coaches.— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) March 1, 2022
With each passing season, football evolves as a sport. In some cases, this progression leads to an increase in innovation, bettering the game as a spectacle. On the flip side of that, however, coaches have, overall, become better at setting up the defensive units so as not to allow too much space to the attacking side.
As you’ll see in the clip below of the goal that Fabregas doesn’t believe would be ‘allowed’ today, himself and Nasri had plenty of room in which to operate – as did several of their Arsenal colleagues in the build-up.
Watch: The 2010 Arsenal goal v Burnley that Fabregas doesn’t believe would be scored in the modern era
Although there’s no denying the exceptional nature of Fabregas’ goal in 2010, it’s not hard to see why the man himself is far from confident that it could be scored today.
The Gunners travel to Watford this weekend, where Hornets boss Roy Hodgson will no doubt expect his players to be pressing Mikel Arteta’s men whenever they are on the ball – and would be appalled if they were given such freedom in the attacking third.
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Space is at an absolute premium during most English top-flight matches these days, meaning the defenses aren’t typically picked apart with such apparent ease.
When such moves do come together, though, they are glorious to behold.
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