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Arsene: Sell Nasri & Fabregas And Show Some Ambition

Arsene Wenger’s stance is respectable as well as understandable; keep his two best players at the club, and hope that this season they can bring him some long awaited and much needed success. The problem is, it just doesn’t look realistic.

You’ve got …

Arsene Wenger’s stance is respectable as well as understandable; keep his two best players at the club, and hope that this season they can bring him some long awaited and much needed success. The problem is, it just doesn’t look realistic.

You’ve got Cesc Fabregas, and by now, we all know where he wants to be. We are told by everyone apart from the man himself who remains hesitant to admit in public his desire to move back home to Barcelona. We are told repeatedly of meetings he has with Wenger, reporting that he has told Wenger where he wants to be, while Barcelona players continue to shamelessly tell us about the Arsenal captains dreams as if they roam his sleeping mind.

Then there’s Nasri, who clearly isn’t too eager to sign a new contract with the club, and is far more interested in immediate success, or the promise of that success with either Manchester United or City – perhaps whoever pays the most.

You can imagine it now: Nasri and Fabregas, stony faced and bringing the dressing room down next season after a loss. Two players who don’t want to be there – one of which who is the captain of the side – it doesn’t bode well in a recipe for success. The captain should really be the personification of commitment and determination, and while Fabregas may put on a good show of that, the players know where his true motives lie.

If Wenger wants to show competing clubs Arsenal’s ambition, he has little option but to sell. Sell, and then re invest very soon. It may not be something the Arsenal manager is used to, but it is something he needs to try; investing heavily in a side in dire need of refreshment.

£35 million from the sale of Fabregas, and £25 million from the sale of Nasri (if they’re lucky) and Arsenal have £60 million to play with. Now I don’t claim to be an expert in Arsenal’s needs, mainly because I’m not, but there are a few players who have been mentioned that I could certainly see improving the side.

Arsenal need a defender or two to sure up that back line – mainly a left back and central defender, considering the departure of Clichy and shakiness of Squillaci, Koscielny and injuries. Chris Samba’s names has cropped up, as has the far more expensive Gary Cahill’s, but what Arsenal need is a reliable, Premier League proven defender, with good, leadership qualities.

Obviously, finding a replacement for Fabregas and Nasri is far harder. They are two qualities very rare in football, and as Arsenal know by the price they are commanding for the pair, value is also hard to come by. But money talks, and with around £40 million left over, it opens a lot of doors for Mr Wenger. This is a man who knows his football, and has surely had his eyes on a couple of players with the thought of Fabregas leaving – after all, it isn’t a sudden decision.

Juan Mata would command a £20 million fee, and with Valencia’s own money problems would be willing to sell. £20 million left over. Who would you bring in? Of course, this would all depend if the Arsenal board would be willing to inject the money made from the hypothetical Nasri and Fabregas sales back into the team for Wenger to do what he pleases.

But it boils down to this: do Arsenal want the money now, when their players are worth around £60 million together, and there clubs are willing to pay that amount, or do they want to squeeze one more season out of two unhappy players with their mind elsewhere. Looks like Wenger’s already made up his mind.

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  1. hugh williams

    July 20, 2011 at 8:47 am

    he should sell them as they wont win anything when both of your best players don’t want to be there

  2. geo

    July 20, 2011 at 8:47 am

    if both nasri and fabrigas are willing to go wenger should let go and spend big for new middy and defenders

  3. stu

    July 20, 2011 at 9:09 am

    theres a simple solution to this:

    sell cesc for £35 million and make nasri the main central figure

    cesc is the 1 that doesnt want to be at arsenal – if he did he would say “im happy to stay at arsenal”

    use that £££ to get in cissoko and either cahill or samba and hazard!!

  4. geo

    July 20, 2011 at 9:11 am

    if both nasri&fabri are willing to leave wenger should let go and be ready 2 spend big as for defence& middy

  5. gorris

    July 20, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I f both of them are willing to go, let them go and we will make 60mil. to our transfer kitty… buy 1. Samba, enrique 2. mata, 3.Lukaku, hazard and an experienced goal keeper.

  6. des

    July 20, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I’m sorry but you’re talking out of your ass. 60 million yes, but now you need to replace fabregas, nasri befor you can even think about signing a defender. Just take a look at united and their attempts to sign 35 mil sneijder. goodluck replacing them with 60 mil. There is a reason arsene prefers to keep nasri for a year than take 25 mil for him. 25 mil isn’t going to take to the field and do the job and it isn’t going to buy someone who could.

  7. Tayor

    July 20, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Arsenal shld try and sell cesc fabregas and leave nasri.

  8. arsenal4eva

    July 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

    If dey realy want to, jus let them go Wenger!…Ther is no point to keep unhappy lads in da team..think Wenger shud av list of replacements by now…even tho I know its realy hard to find some1 like fab4, heart of Arsenal game play…Nasri?..Mata could be a better replacement, I think!…gudluck!

  9. John

    July 20, 2011 at 10:19 am

    “Sell Nasri & Fabregas And Show Some Ambition”. Please tell me this was irony.

    • snowy

      July 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      was just thinking that!!!!

  10. bigaegis

    July 20, 2011 at 10:24 am

    If anyone out of them want to go he should leave after all there were some heros that has come and gone, arsenal f.c is not in their names, if they leave arsenal still remain ARSENAL so shall it be. ARSENAL F.C GUNNERS 4LIFE

  11. ibrahim awodeyin

    July 20, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Good morning mr wenger i do’nt bloodin care abt sell fabregas nd samir nasri…right thing to do sign an experience player’s,prayer like mata,cahill,baine,hazard,lukaku..

  12. dannydog

    July 20, 2011 at 11:20 am

    why dont arsenal give nasri 14000 a week tie him down 4 year contract, keep him 4 this season and then put him for sale for 45 million or more if he had a good season makes sense to me!

  13. Sawnet Shiferaw

    July 20, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Leave them on z bench, & buy experienced players in their place,middy & central defenders just to win z trophy,invest ur money zn healthy economy will comd back. If Mr. Wenger’ll not do zs believe me no player will choose Arsenal 4 z future,especially after his leave/Mr.Wenger/ki…ki…ki

  14. TROY

    July 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    sell now…fabregas(35) n nasri(25)

    AM NASRI 25M
    AM MATA 20M
    69M PROFIT 16M








    • sam

      July 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm


  15. sam

    July 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Sell Fabregas, keep Nasri????? Do they pay you to be idiots, Nasri is not any better than Mata, but if anyone out there has the stastics of Fabregas, then i will be the first to say sell Fabregas, Fabregas at 24 is underated, he has the best statistics for a mid fielder than anyone the last 4 to 5 years. And yeah, professionals dont go running their mouths, and that is what Fabregas is a professional, he has never said he wants out for money or trophies, even great arsenal legends at some point they publicly wanted out, Viera and Henry left, Fabregas is still here. He is of more value to Arsenal than all the signings you want for Arsenal plus the money you get from selling him. He is the reason we are a top four club not a middle table club, you dont believe me, see what Van persie and Wilshere said about him yet both didn’t even mention Nasri as integral, you are thick to think Nasri can be half of what Fabregas is

    • snowy

      July 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm

      fabregas at 40 million is wrong. with a 4 year contract he is worth 52/55mil

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