According to reports, Arsene Wenger has Stephane M’bia at the top of his lists of targets…
‘The 24 year-old Cameroon international has just helped Marseille to their first league title since 1992, having moved from Rennes last summer, where he began his career.
Mbia is considered to be one of the best midfielders in France. At 6ft 2in, he is a powerful presence in midfield, but is also a good technical player who is comfortable going forward – He has been likened by some to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.’
Not sure about as good as Patrick Vieira, he sounds a bit more like Diaby to me 😉 David Moyes wanted him last summer though so maybe he is a bit better than Diaby! We know Moyes is a good coach and currently has a pretty good midfield so if he thinks M’bia could add something to his squad then he could sure add something to ours!
I’m sick of reading about the Cesc story every morning, maybe the club need to be sensible now. Either come out and say that the player is not for sale at any cost and stand by their word or get on and set Barca the right price and let the lad go. With the money we could get good/great players and as much as we would miss Cesc, maybe we would be stronger without him.
When Cesc is on the pitch every player looks to see where he is, they always look to see if he can take a pass and that’s because Cesc can turn nothing into something, especially around the penalty area. Maybe though this in turn has started to inhibit other players self belief, a bit like when Henry was playing. Players relied too much on Henry, maybe they are doing the same with Cesc.
We need to get back to being a great squad, full of players who will roll up their sleeves and put in a hard days work, not players who will sit back and watch others around them perform wonders, that’s exactly what Cesc can do. I know it’s been said before but Cesc won’t get into the first team every week at Barca, how can he when you see the players that Barcelona already have. He wants to play football, we’ve seen that with our own eyes but at Barca I see him playing a ‘bit part’ for a season or two which would be sad, but wouldn’t be our worry anymore! Added to that, do we really want a player to be with us knowing he doesn’t want to be?
So really, we are in a win win situation with Cesc, either we get him for another season as he has four years (someone reported five yesterday) left on his contract, or we have a pot of gold to spend to bolster our fragile squad.
Why not start with a player like M’bia, as long as the ACON gets moved to the summer, that’s the defensive side of our midfield sorted. We have Lansbury, Ramsey and Little Jack who can fill the hole left by Cesc, or Arsene can go out and spend money on a great creative midfielder. Put the rest with what he already has and he can then sure up our weak defensive unit.
Just maybe, if Cesc goes we will become stronger – strange as I find that to write, but I think we will…..