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Why Arsene should dig his heels in this time


By Guest Writer Patrick Langridge.

It seems like every summer Arsenal seem to go through the same transfer merry-go-round like no other top European side. ‘Will ‘Player X’ leave and join a better team to win more trophies?’ You can insert Viera, Henry, Hleb, Flamini, Adebayor and Toure in where necessary. While the aforementioned players’ departures were disappointing and sad, there has always been a sense that Arsene knows best. Have all those players been past their best? Maybe. Have they all gone on to do bigger and better things? Certainly not.

Henry had spent a long time in North London and his dream move to Barca was inevitable – most fans were surprised we kept him as along as we did, Viera’s post Arsenal career has been plagued by injury and bad form, Hleb is now back in Germany (nuff said?), Flamini’s great potential has been warming Milan’s bench, and if I’m being kind then Adebayor and Toure have both been inconsistent in their first season away from Arsenal. Generally you can see that Le Boss has a decent record when it comes to letting players go, but he must not let Cesc Fabregas become part of that list.

If you believe what the papers are saying, then Cesc flew into London on Tuesday to tell Wenger that he wants to join Barcelona. The Spainish sport papers are know for their mischief making, not to mention the ridiculous presidential system whereby some bloke with loads of money says, ‘elect me and I’ll buy Villa and Cesc’ – see Florentino Perez last summer at Real Madrid. But this time it seems different, it’s the first time that Cesc has gone public with his desire to leave and rejoin his boyhood club. We knew this day would come, but we hoped it would be in another 4/5 years, not now, no, please not now Cesc. He is contracted to the club until 2015 I believe, and Wenger has to be strong and tell him he’s not going anywhere.

Arsenal are in a strong financial position with no need to sell, there are decent funds available to strengthen the squad this summer, and Cesc is integral to the future of this football club. Le Boss will probably have to offer a pay rise, he’ll have to outline his own future (Wenger’s contract has 1 year left to run), and he’ll have to say ‘we’re gonna buy the Chamakhattack, Akinfeev, De Rossi and Mexes, and we’re gonna win the league next season.’ If he really does want to leave then no, he won’t be very pleased about being made to stay, but no-one put a gun to his head to sign that contract, he chose to commit to this club and be paid handsomely for it.

Managers don’t like to make a habit of keeping unhappy players around, but Wenger has be strong this time, he has to, dare I say it, do a bit of a Fergie. As much as I hate them, you never hear this kind of thing happening at Utd. Ronaldo went last year for £80million, but that was Fergies call. He’ll be disappointed but I’m convinced that by September 1st when the transfer window is shut, he’s a professional who will get his head down, play his genius football and the prospect of losing the heartbeat of our club will safe, for another year at least.

Do Arsenal fans think Arsene Wenger should refuse to sell Fabregas? Please leave your comments below…

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  1. Ashad

    May 20, 2010 at 9:42 am

    As an Arsenal fan it’s annoying to see how it’s been going on and on for last few days about Cesc. If he really wants to go then I think Arsene should let him go coz you can’t keep a player who doesn’t wanna play for the club.

    However, I do not blame Cesc for that. I think he has done enough for the club and it’s about time he realised in coming seasons Arsenal won’t be able to compete at the top level anymore due to the lack of spending power comparing to new rivals like man city not to mention about Chelsea and so on. I think he realised Arsenal becoming a team where the board is happy to be finishing 3rd and 4th in the premiere league and get a chance to play at the CL. A winner always wants to win and Cesc is a winner. So you can’t blame him if he chooses to leave.

    If Arsene were to say to him that this time for sure we will buy some quality and experience in the right places to improve the squad, I am 100% sure, Cesc would stay for at least another 2 years. (Arsene did say publicly he will look for 1 or 2 in the market for quality and experience which he says every season. So like many fans Cesc is not buying these anymore).

    I would like Cesc to stay but if he dosent I don’t think this is the end of the world. I just hope Arsene spend the money that we will get selling Cesc.

  2. skwam

    May 20, 2010 at 9:56 am

    no point keeping him, but for me he goes on 3 conditions 1) he is sold at arsenals asking price which must be ridiculously high for a start.
    2) the money is used to buy as best we can cescs direct replacement
    3) the rest together with the kitty we already had goes into buying even better quality additions in those areas of weakness, starting from a Song substitute/alternative going backwards.

    and some of those boys who arent quite the grade will have to be moved on, Songs position going backwards.

  3. bedy

    May 20, 2010 at 10:25 am

    If you are supporting Fabregars you can continue to appeal to him as you’ve done in your writting,but if you are supporting Arsenal let Fabregars go to his desired destination.
    If Arsenal can make him captain and gave him 3million pounds to stay with us and he still keep saying he wants to go home at age of 23 then his loyality is not with us anymore.
    Did anyone know that Fabregars joined Barcelona at the age of 12years from a small club in Catalunia and we take him up at the age of 15years,so tell me who developed him as a player?for sure Arsenal did for 7 years or you want to tell me he learnt all his skills just for 3years at Barcelona.
    If you go by statictics last season he was injured and we did not loose a match so also this season we only start to loose when we have Gallas and Vermalen,Song injured.
    So let him go and thank him for a job well done bye-bye.
    Finaly all players that want to go back home always does at the end of their carrier,not when they are just reaching top form,so he should come straight he wants to go for more money and trophy and it is understandable.

  4. gunslingerblaster

    May 20, 2010 at 10:55 am

    If we remember correctly, cristiano ronaldo wanted to leave man utd one season earlier, and what did ferguson do? He wasnt about to let him go, but put his foot down and warned that “portugeese” in no uncertain terms about him being benched.

  5. gunslingerblaster

    May 20, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Is barca desperate for cesc? Then Arsenal should ask barca to exchange cesc for messi. That’s be nice.

  6. Zhenyu

    May 20, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I admit the ongoing saga will destablise the whole team and I don’t like it.
    However, Arsene should no doubt refuse to sell cesc and try to hold onto him for another one year and hopefully many years to prove Arsenal is capable of landing trophies..

    1) provided if arsene really invests in this team and wins trophies next season, who knows Cesc will commit to Arsenal for some more years b4 leaving gloriously
    2) Believe it or not, Arsene’s stubborn pride has been hurt by Cesc statement and Arsene will deliver trophies be it league cup or what.. (actually as a fan, i’m happy that Cesc said that frankly)
    3) Selling Cesc and getting millions does not solve anything.Y? teams will try to day rob Arsenal of cash through inflated market price..
    4) No one runs a club and not even Cesc, but losing key players like him certainly means we are about to lose the entire squad and play merry-go-round..
    5) Cesc should not be the FIRST and ONE to go

    We all may not like Cesc’s recent bossy attitude, but a talented player like him deserves that.
    OVERALL, it is a wake up call..There is a hidden meaning
    in everyone’s statement..

  7. Francis Jayadurai

    May 20, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    No doubt cesc is a good player but it is annoying to read the same old s**t all the time, let him go, he is not loyal to the club. Year in year out the same old crab. Sell him for nothing less than 80 million pound sterling. All the training and development has a cost to it. Why should Arsenal sell him cheap. Cesc is what he is today because of Arsenal and the club supporters. Arsenal has done well without him in the past. Arsene should pay more attention to local talents and develop the local boys. After all Britain is a footballing nation and there are no short of talents and english premier league is the greatest league in world. Arsene should bring in experienced and talented players and not overly rely on the young players, if we are to challenge for honours next season. We do not at the present have the depth to run the last mile. Buy and strengthen the team now professor Arsene Wenger.

  8. Titus

    May 20, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Every season Arsene says he will buy players. Last season he said he had super signings and we know what happened.I believe FEb doesn’t believe the fm will buy the players to challenge any more tan gooner fans.
    If he wants to leave,we shd not blame him. The finger shd be pointed at Arsene.

  9. Sir TY

    May 21, 2010 at 8:01 am

    I don’t think that most understand that it’s Wengers choice not to spend and for the simple fact of that being the Emirates Stadium. It costs 200 mil to build it and the club wants to be in the red ASAP. It’s the managers baby as he put forth the idea and wants to see it through no matter the cost. Cesc is our best asset, our star player and the stats dictate that in our win/loss radio with and without him playing, he will be hard to replace, there will be growing pains the next season or two but Arsenal the club will live on and survive because no player is bigger than the Arsenal. If he leaves bring in Arteta fr/Everton who is tested in EPL and would fit perfectly into the Arsenal gameplan as he can pick a pass and score goals too and get YaYa Toure as part of the package deal for him and then bring in a GK, DM and 2 solid defenders to replace Gallas and Silvestre who should not still be here come pre-season.

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