The Fabregas & Nasri Situation….

By on July 30, 2011

So once again the summers longest transfer saga continues with Cesc Fabregas supposedly edging closer to a move to Barcelona even though they can’t match the valuation of our skipper. Arsenal are holding out for more than £40 million, which they rightly should do considering the market prices of other players.  In a world where players like Modric are valued at over £35 million it’s fair for Arsenal to demand £40million+ for Cesc.

It’s no secret that Barcelona have massive debts which is why they can’t raise funds to buy him. They’ve recently purchased Alexis Sanchez so it would be difficult to see where else they could get money to buy Fabregas. One thing that annoys me is; why do they want Fabregas? They already have Xavi and Iniesta, so why would they need Fabregas, especially as he will be on the bench for the most of his time there.  I don’t see Guardiola dropping either Xavi or Iniesta to accommodate Fabregas. It has been suggested that Fabregas, Xavi, and Iniesta could play in a three man midfield against weaker opponents because there would be no need for a defensive minded midfielder, however this option wouldn’t suit Fabregas as he would like to play in the big games like ‘el classico’ and Champions League Finals.

It’s true that Fabregas would prefer to move to Barcelona but he’s equally happy to stay at Arsenal if the move to Barcelona doesn’t fall through. I don’t think it will be in the best interest for Fabregas to move to Nou Camp as he won’t be a first team starter and it would be just like the time he spends with Spain during international periods where he’s always behind Iniesta and Xavi to occupy the two attacking midfield spots. If Cesc was to move to Barcelona the best time would be when Xavi is close to retiring which is a few years away.

With Barcelona unable to match our valuation for Cesc it would seem better for all, for Fabregas to have another season as Arsenal’s captain.

Now to another transfer saga which was picking up pace during the start of the transfer window; the Nasri contract situation. Nasri doesn’t want to sign a contract extension at Arsenal with some reports suggesting it’s because he wants more money whilst others say it’s because Arsenal took too long to start negotiations with him.  I wouldn’t mind if he was sold as long as we find a suitable replacement.

The Spanish and English media have run stories today that we are close to signing Juan Mata. I don’t trust these sources but if Juan Mata was to arrive at Arsenal I would hope he is a replacement for Nasri and not Fabregas. This is because we need Fabregas more than we need Nasri. No-one at arsenal can occupy the centre attacking midfield role as well as Fabregas can. Several players have tried playing in that role when Fabregas is injured but they weren’t able to excel. Nasri prefers to play in that role but in the few times he’s played there he hasn’t really shone and he’s more effective as a winger.

Arsene Wenger has already said that he will not sell Nasri as it would undermine the clubs claim to be an ambitious club. I somehow agree with this because for Arsenal to remain a big club we need to keep our best players. Is it however worth the risk of losing him on a free where we could get £20m for him and get a suitable replacement? My view is that Wenger wants to keep him at Arsenal for another season where he could continue his attempts to convince him to sign a contract extension. If we win a trophy I think Nasri will stay. But if once again we fail in claiming a trophy, I don’t see how we can convince him to stay.

So with the new season only a few weeks away, I think Arsenal will begin the new season with Fabregas and Nasri in the starting line up against Newcastle. And when the summer transfer window shuts on September 1st, we will still have them in our squad to help us mount a serious challenge for the title.

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10 Comments

  1. Ramon

    July 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Another deluded Gooner, writing another deluded article! Surely you’re not that thick? The pure fact of the matter is; that Fabregas wants to go back home, and Arsenal are trying to brain wash him again on how Arsenal will win everything this year, just like they have been saying for the last 7 years. They’re playing on Fabregas sense of loyalty and kindness, so stop with the Barca bashing, and come to grip with the fact that the chickens want to go back home to roost. Fabregas has given Arsenal 8 years of his career, and has nothing much to show for it. So let him go at a sensible price, and do a story about your billionaire Oligarchs who are milking the Arsenal fans for all they’re worth.

    • chopper4001

      July 30, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      Idiot. Why should we sell him for less than he’s worth? If the great big slander machine at Barca want him, pay the money. End of story. If you cant, then shut your mouths.

      • Ramon

        July 30, 2011 at 2:16 pm

        Hey chopper4001, you’re one angry Arsenal fan! Is it envy? or frustration that your captain wants to leave to the best team on the planet(arguably the best club team in football history)? or is it that the Gooners fans are being screw by their Billionaire owners, by charging them the highest ticket seats in whole of Europe, and yet ended up in 4th place, and no trophies in 7-years? You’re aiming your anger at the wrong person son! Try to relax and take a deep breath…… Now when you say “Why should we sell him for less than he’s worth? Are you one of the owners? Is the money for Fabregas going into your pocket? Delusion is a wonderful thing when you’re simple and quite frankly don’t know what you’re talking about. So do as simple people do, stay in your comfort zone, pay the rich so they can get richer, and get angry and abusive at people you have never met….. Simples.

  2. Ramon

    July 30, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Hey chopper4001, you’re one angry Arsenal fan! Is it envy? or frustration that your captain wants to leave to the best team on the planet(arguably the best club team in football history)? or is it that the Gooners fans are being screw by their Billionaire owners, by charging them the highest ticket seats in whole of Europe, and yet ended up in 4th place, and no trophies in 7-years? You’re aiming your anger at the wrong person son! Try to relax and take a deep breath…… Now when you say “Why should we sell him for less than he’s worth? Are you one of the owners? Is the money for Fabregas going into your pocket? Delusion is a wonderful thing when you’re simple and quite frankly don’t know what you’re talking about. So do as simple people do, stay in your comfort zone, pay the rich so they can get richer, and get angry and abusive at people you have never met….. Simples.

    • chopper4001

      July 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      Right, Ramon. You start your first comment with “Another deluded Gooner, writing another deluded article! Surely you’re not that thick?”, then you preach at me for being “angry and abusive”. Frankly, the term “idiot” seems entirely suitable in the situation. I can get angrier or more abusive if you want to write some more gibberish? How about “Stump up the cash you pr*ck, or shut your fcukin mouths”. Better?

      • Ramon

        July 30, 2011 at 11:18 pm

        Chopper4001, we all feel brave & mighty writing on a computer, threatening & sounding off hey! You’re a typical example of somebody avoiding the subject at hand by name calling, and demonising! It usually means I don’t know anything logical to say, so I will just abuse someone I don’t agreed with! Do you beat on your chest when you’re writing??? I’m a fair person, so I will give you the benefit of the doubt and await your knowledge & intelligence regarding the subject at hand. Take your time, beat on something, get your frustration out, and than write something with substance so other bloggers can see you’re not just a cyberduck.

  3. dave

    July 30, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Barca need to focus on clearing their debt. They obviously can’t afford Cesc so should stop wasting everyones time making weak offers for him.

    • Ramon

      July 30, 2011 at 3:16 pm

      Dave, you might have a point, but Barca are doing what any other team would in their position, try and get a player who has come out and stated that he would like to come back where he started, and Barca naturally would like to get him for as cheap as possible! Arsenal supporters should realise this, cause Arsenal are notorious for paying as little as possible for players, and that’s including Fabregas which they paid zero for from Barcelona. It is called business, and Arsenal has the right to decline Barca’s offer, and likewise Barca has the right to make an offer that they feel is in the interest of Barcelona.

  4. RGG

    July 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Keeping Nasri, who’s not fully committed & you know he’s going to leave for free next summer is not ‘ambitious’, it’s stupid!

    Cesc is another matter. With years left on his contract we shouldn’t even be entertaining offers. Especially insulting ones like Barca have submitted.

    Ramon – Barca on the field is the best team I ever seen. Your club off the field are a disgrace. The way you have ‘hunted’ Cesc, how all your players have been publicly disrespectful to us for over a year now – you make out to Cesc how he’s so important to your club and how everyone is desperate to have him home – meanwhile the only actual bids your club has made have been laughable.
    You are trying to steal him from us. . As I say, disgraceful.

    • Ramon

      July 30, 2011 at 10:52 pm

      RGG, you forget that it was Fabregas who stated that he would like to go back home almost 2-seasons ago! You cannot blame Barca for wanting to have one of their own back especially if that player has indicated as such. As you are aware that Fabregas actually restrained his desires to go back last year out of loyalty & respect for Arsenal & Wenger. I don’t know what Wenger said to Fabregas, but I can only assume that there were conditions made by both parties, and as you already know that Fabregas was not in the best frame of mind thru out last season. We can argue all we want about what a fair or just price for Cesc is, but both parties are in their rights to except or decline offers according to what is best for their club. But here’s a little reminder incase we forgotten, Cesc cost Arsenal zero when they got him from ‘La Masia’ when he was 16th years old. So naturally Barca will feel a bit aggrieved that they have to pay as far as the see it, over the odds for one of their own.

      Now regarding some of the Barca players having opinionated their desires to see Cesc back home can be construe in deferent ways, depending from who’s point view you’re looking at it from. But you sound like an intelligent person, and should be aware of the medias part in this protracted saga. The media loves these situation, it makes for entertaining news, sells paper, they get to label one party as the good guy, and the other as the bad guys. So they’ve been working over time on this Fabregas situation, by sticking mic on every Barca player, when ever & where ever they get a chance, and players being human beings, fall into their trap over & over again. So using the word disgraceful is to me, pretty harsh. Whether Fabregas is important to Barca or not, myself as a fan is really inconsequential, because only the club & manger can make that decision on his importance to the club. I know how Gooners feel about letting their captain go, but it is the nature of the beast! Fabregas was born in Catalunya, attended ‘La Masia’ as a young boy, his whole family support FC Barcelona, and you know deep in your heart that one day there would be a pretty good chance that he would want to go back home!!! He has given Arsenal 8 great years. So l say reflect on that and wish him good luck in his future endeavours.

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