Arsenal finally have their say on Fabregas transfer saga

By on May 21, 2010

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By Fab4.

After almost a week of speculation regarding the future of Cesc Fabregas and his ‘imminent’ move to Barcelona, Arsenal have finally given their word on the matter. Chairman Peter Hill-Wood, who isn’t shy in speaking to the media, told Goal.com UK that they will fight to keep hold of their captain and have not even discussed the transfer fee they would be willing to accept.

Hill-Wood claims that they have yet to receive an official offer from the Catalans but have made it clear to them that they are not looking to sell.

“The message has been given to them we don’t want to lose him and will do our damnedest to keep him,” said Hill-Wood. “We haven’t had an official approach from them and have made it perfectly clear we don’t want to lose him.”

“It’s a funny way of doing business. Anyway, Cesc hasn’t left yet, remember.”

“It’s not an issue,” he said. “We haven’t even discussed it. I don’t know if he will stay. I’ve really got little to say but we very much hope he stays with us and we’re confident he will.”

“We have done pretty well without one or two other star players.,” said the chaiman. “I would like Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Tony Adams back but they are 10 years too old.

“Although I think we had a very good season I’m confident that we can get better next year.”

It looks like this transfer is going run through-out the summer, i can’t see how it will be completed before the World Cup unless Cesc hands in a transfer request, which i can’t see happening, or Barcelona come in with a serious offer over £50m. I think Wenger is going to be at his stubborn-best on this one, he will do all he can to hang on to Fabregas for at least one more year. I hope we play hard-ball and demand silly money to either scare them off or get a shed-load of cash to re-build. It’s a win-win and don’t forget Arsenal hold all the cards here.

I for one am not panicking about the Fabregas situation. He’s a good bloke and won’t throw his toys out the pram if for whatever reason the move to Barca doesn’t happen this year. He will still get his head down and play the wonderful game as it should be played next year. But if he does go, Arsenal won’t let him walk for a penny less than £50-£60m, and with that kinda money Arsene could work wonders.

What do Arsenal fans think of Hill-Woods statement? Please have your say below….

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14 Comments

  1. skwam

    May 21, 2010 at 10:53 am

    hope so

  2. van

    May 21, 2010 at 11:05 am

    “The message has been given to them we don’t want to lose him and will do our damnedest to keep him,”
    + “We haven’t had an official approach from them and have made it perfectly clear we don’t want to lose him.”
    + “It’s a funny way of doing business. Anyway, Cesc hasn’t left yet, remember.”
    + “It’s not an issue,” he said. “We haven’t even discussed it…”
    = barca just using the spanish media to get cesc and the media caught on the hype and add in more oil. From these i can interpret that cesc haven’t even spoke to anyone, not even wenger.

  3. phineas

    May 21, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I am full supporting hill-woods statement.

  4. cinjo

    May 21, 2010 at 11:17 am

    more than 50m pounds is good business. But main question is, AW will spend money in the squad.
    Personally i don’t think he will spend it.
    Past says, AW will wait for Ramsy.

    So better as a fan i don’t want Fab leave. Because AW is not going to spend that money.

    If AW is ready to spend money effectively i think 50m is good for him. We need some good players in some positions. I mean minimum 3 addition is required. If he goes minimum 4 addition required.

    I personally think, spending more than 70m in the squad is better than keeping Fab.

  5. Gooner Ray

    May 21, 2010 at 11:23 am

    If Wenger got £70m for Cesc he wouldnt spend it.Wenger’s problem is he spend’s money like it is his own.While the fans are forking out the highest ticket prices in thw world.
    Project Wenger has failed

  6. gazzagoona

    May 21, 2010 at 11:38 am

    could u imagine how good were be if we got someone like sneijder and van dar vaart playing for us,could come true if wenger wants it,why not,would show fab we are serious contenders once again,plus a top keeper,and top defender,were be bk in business,we can all but dream a???

  7. tari131

    May 21, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Show us the money

  8. tari131

    May 21, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Let’s take the money and buy some good players,no player is bigger than the club. Think about the players we had when we won the double. Let’s spend a lot more this time and give a good challange

  9. Bidex

    May 21, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Wenga shud mke a damnedest offer 4 prolific playerz against nxt season.peeeeace out

  10. Firesenay, from Eth

    May 21, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    The message looks a good approach to the diplomatic war with Barcelona. I am very worried Barca’s action, they distrub the sprit of the club. But in any case Arsen “the great man” should produce more field stars and should sign important players like goalkeeper, midfielder(both defencive and attacker)

  11. junaid

    May 21, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    if fabregas for some reason left the club a replacement wont be purchased. instead nasri will take cesc’s old position and chamakh will take nasri’s old position. this is super cheap man wenger we are talking about ya know.

  12. Sam

    May 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Arsenal should convince Fabregas to stay no matter what. If Fabregas wasn’t sure last year that he wanted to stay, he shouldn’t have signed such a long contract and took the bonus he got. I think alot of this is down to Wenger as well, he knows what Barca are like so he should of put a buying out clause in Fabregas’s contract for about £200 million like Barca have done with Messi, you never see them having any problems with other teams tapping up their player. If he had we wouldn’t have this problem to start with. Arsenal dont need to sell him, they dont need the money, they have a descent transfer pot. As Arsenal Captain maybe Wenger should involve Fabregas more in what players he thinks he should bring into the team and were we can make the team stronger. Arsenal should just stop messing about with Barca and put their foot down just tell them he’s not for sale, he has a contract with us, thats it, end of. What he decides to do when that contract has finished is down to him. Arsenal should get him to decide 1 year before his contract ends if he wants to renew it with Arsenal or go to Barca. If he renews it great if not then sell him to Barca with the condition that he plays for Arsenal for the remainder of his contract. Their is no way I would sell him before his contract was up even if he wants to go. It was his choice to sign a long contract with Arsenal so he should honour it and play for us, if he stops playing well because he wants to go then stick him on the bench he’ll soon change his mind if he thinks he’ll be stuck on the bench until the end of his contract.

    Before Fabregas decides what he’s going to do he has to look at his two option:

    Option 1

    He wants to move back to Barca to be with his friends, to move back to his boyhood team who he shares the Barca DNA with and win silverware. Reality is that Barca couldn’t wait to get rid of him to start with. They were happy to offload him to Arsenal, they said he would never be good enough to become a professional footballer. Arsenal and Arsene Wenger alone made him the player he is today. As for silverware, well let face it there are only 2 teams in La Ligue the other teams are no where to be seen, so he only has to beat Real Madrid a season were’s the satisfaction or challenge in that. Any of the top Premiere League teams could do that, he would get too easily bored. Lets face it, now Thierry Henry, another Arsenal legend turned Barca bench boy, is going to the grave yards of all football leagues in the USA they have a vacancy. Fabregas will be consistantly on the bench waiting to play behind the likes of Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets. Once Barca have him no one will be able to buy him, what sort of career is that. Barca just want another trophy player on their bench what a waste of a talent that would be, at his age aswell. Move to Barca and in a year everyone will say Fabregas who? Why would anyone want to play for a team that had no confidence in them as a young player, didn’t want to waste their time with him because they said you would never be good enough, now decides since he proved them wrong and has become one of the best midfielders in the world, suddenly he has the Barca DNA and belongs to them.

    Option 2

    He stays at Arsenal as the main man of the club, loved by all the fans. Captain of one of the top teams, in the best football league in the world, guaranteed to always play unless injured, much more challenging matches all season, a very good chance at winning silverware with an improved stronger team which will be alot more satisfying.

    At the end of the day, no one knows the truth if he’s going to go or not. Until I hear it from Fabregas or Arsene Wenger I dont believe anything that is said.

  13. Joe

    May 21, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Well said, I agree with Sam.

    If a player signs a contract then they should honour it not be able to keep changing their mind if another offer comes up otherwise what is the point of contracts, why bother. And what the hell gives Barca the God given right to go around tapping up and bullying other teams players.

    As for Fabregas, if he wants a good career in football and still enjoys playing stay at Arsenal but if he just wants to win easy medals by being a bench trophy then go to Barca.

  14. Tom

    May 22, 2010 at 3:44 am

    So I agree too with Sam. Fabregas can,t go to barca with forgetting AW and Arsenal. He is not a child. If He want to get silverware and he must fight for Arsenal, not even to go barca. It’s not a professional footballer.

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