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Wenger Has Vowed to “Fight” Before – And Lost

Arsene Wenger is facing a miserable transfer window ahead. Top players are likely to leave, including his captain and his player of the season, and despite Wenger’s rallying cry and vow to fight to keep those players at Arsenal, it doesn’t look as if the French manager can do very much about it. He said:

“Our position is always the same – we want to keep Cesc and I will fight as hard as I can to keep him. Samir Nasri is exactly the same. We will do everything we can to keep him.”

But does it fill Arsenal fans with confidence? I wouldn’t think so. Of course Wenger wants to keep the players at Arsenal. Nasri and Fabregas are vital to Arsenal’s future success – but if the players want to leave – which they do in both cases, Wenger can do little to stop them.

It is well known that Cesc Fabregas has been waiting patiently and respectfully for his move back home to Barcelona. In the meantime, he has played well as Arsenal’s captain – a young man for others around him to look up to – but his mind is very clearly made up about where he wants to be. He wants to be playing with Xavi, Iniesta and Messi, in the sun of Spain, back home winning trophies and thriving on success, rather than failing miserable to carry this Arsenal team to success or any form of silverware for six years.

Nasri meanwhile has apparently “demanded” to be let go from the Arsenal shackles after he discovered like the rest of us that Manchester United had placed a £20 million bid for him. Nasri, in talks with Arsenal has reportedly made it clear of his intentions to leave London in search of silverware, and Manchester United is his favoured destination.

Wenger may be hugely reluctant to let any other players leave for fellow English clubs, competing against Arsenal next year, but it looks as if he will have little choice. His calls to “fight” for the players to stay mean little when it was only a few months ago, in the midst of Arsenal’s collapse in the Premier League title race that the Arsenal manager vowed to “fight like mad” to win the Premier League.

Manchester united finished the fight victorious, and with a lot left to spare. It may end up like that again this time round with Nasri. Unless Nasri ends up “doing a Rooney” and signs the improved contract offer Arsenal have now placed on the table of £115,000 a week, then he will either be leaving this summer for £20-25 million or departing next summer for free.

Wenger is unfortunately fighting a losing battle, and one that he knows deep down he will lose. If he can persuade the pair to stay it will arguably be Arsenal’s biggest success story since their last trophy back in 2005. If not, Wenger’s long rebuilding process will begin again, and he will be hoping that this time it will be a little more fruitful.

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  1. PTangYangKipperBang

    July 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Very poor article. Ill informed, full of supposition that is treated as fact and blurring of lines regarding ‘fighting’ for things. Absolute trash.

  2. George

    July 11, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Terrible article, devoid of fact.

    You even got Arsenal’s player of the season wrong.

    • Tayo

      July 11, 2011 at 10:13 pm

      The only thing we gunnars should for is to pray and see who will sign wenger.coz if dis duo he is the epitome of the whole problem

  3. Jonny

    July 11, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    agreed, absolute rubbish. at the very least i was expecting some kind of reference to Henry’s situation.

  4. rafi

    July 11, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Wenger has, contrary to your myopic view vowed to fight such player losses over the years with great success. for all his hugely succesfull stay at arsenal, partrick veiira was coverted immensely by fergie but AW wouldnt let it happen. the same is true with thierry and as yu well know they only left when wenger thought their time was up, pv after a fruitfull 9 yrs.there are many more like them in between but as you know these two were the cream. so you are reporting filthy lies without any hint of research. in any case, even if narsi leaves (not even likely now after AW’s comemnts today), it will be to citeh, not the mancs and we arsenal fans will enjoy from the arm chair each time he scores a bender against the manc trophy cheats. it will be more enjoyable gievn that you initiated his unsettlement from arsenal.

    • jon

      July 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm

      why would you rather sell him to your rivals than to to a team who will beat you without him anyway? You sound really jealous of man u.

      • kev

        July 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm

        All us gooners are worried that at man u he will probably become a success, where at chelsea or city he will flop.

    • RedDevil

      July 11, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      Yeah Wneger done really well holding onto Henry for an extra year, the player done nothing the following season and you probably solde him for around £25m less than you could have got the season before.
      And your comment “not even likely now after AW’s comemnts today”, what a joke, just about everything that comes out of that mans mouth is a lie.
      He feeds you moroons a load of tosh and you all gobble it up and ask for more.
      Whether Nasri comes to us or not really doesn’t matter because both our club and our manager are committed to winning trophies so we’ll buy someone else.

      • zdzis

        July 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm

        Replace “Wenger” with “Ferguson” and “Nasri” with “Nani,” and you’re edging closer to the mark.

  5. mick

    July 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I do not know how people like you get away with this sort of rubbish. If you are trying to be controversial at least base your argument on facts rather than rumours. I will not bother to provide your site with hits again.

  6. Martinez

    July 11, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    “Arsene Wenger is facing a miserable transfer window ahead” This is total rubbish indeed.
    Saying that A Wenger can do little to stop them is undermining his powers as manager. He has powers to retain Nasir at least for a season, Fab is still under contract up to 2014. Fighting for championship on pitch is completely different from fighting to keep your players at the club.
    We deserve better journalism.

  7. Amr

    July 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Trash, absolute trash.

  8. dito

    July 11, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    i can write rubbish better than this.this article is a living proof that journalism love to hate arsenal,in spite of other team involved in the related arsenal player,like city or man utd.nasri leave?no problem.theres rambo.or wilshere.wait,dont tell me you dont know who they are?

  9. Kev

    July 11, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Wenger said he will fight to keep em, and I have no doubt he will. But they will still leave.
    This isn’t a dig at wenger. I think he’s great.
    All arsenal fans should b eternally grateful to him. Wilshire can replace fabregas and u shld trust wenger to replace nasri.
    Wenger really is without doubt the best thing about arsenal. He has been loyal when bigger clubs have come calling.
    If I was a arsenal fan I would want fabregas and nasri to jst f#ck off.
    I felt that way about ronaldo at the end. I still respect him as a footballer, and to be fair he was always honest about Madrid. His problem is he doesn’t have a loyal bone in his body. He was talking bout joinin barca one day, the other week.
    At least English players don’t come out with crap like “only god knows my future” what sh#te.
    If cesq luvs barca so much, why did he leave?

  10. William

    July 11, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    If he had to go Wenger would rather sell him abroad or to City than sell him to United. Don’t get fooled by the so called improved relations between Fergie and Wenger, do u imagine Fergie selling his best player to Wenger? No, only Silvestre past his best days. I agree with ppl who would prefer Nasri to go to City than United, City don’t seem to know what they want, too many egos and unhappy players, their plan is to buy any player that interest United, Arsenal or Chelsea. I doubt they’ve identified weak areas. But United know what they need: a creative central midfielder, Nasri, Modric oi Sneijder’s type of player

    • Kev

      July 11, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      If arsenal sell to city, they decrease their chance of CL football. Utd and Chelsea will get there regardless of who they sign.
      I personally rate arsenal over city at the moment. If u sell nasri to them that would swing the other way.
      Without nasri n cesq u wld seriously have 2 worry bout spurs.

  11. Jazbo

    July 11, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    More crap, what a waste of time, must be some spotty 10 year old Spurs suppoter with nothing better to do.

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