Old red nose said similar, but where’s Ronaldo now??

June 3, 2010

 

Barca have finally made a formal offer for our captain Cesc Fabregas and they want the deal to go through as soon as possible. Of course they do, they don’t want ‘their new player’ to play well in the world cup do they, knowing that Arsenal could then add an extra few million to his price tag. (of course I jest!)

Shock, horrow, Arsenal Football Club have finally spoken….yesterday they released this statement:

“Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is under contract with the Club until the summer of 2015. He is a highly valued member of the team and part of our future plans.

“We have followed recent speculation linking Cesc with a move away from the Club but as there has never been any official approach for him, only two informal exchanges, in which we made it abundantly clear that we have no interest in transferring Cesc, we have refrained from publicly passing comment. However, yesterday evening we received an offer from Barcelona for Cesc and in response, we immediately and resolutely told them once again that we have no intention of selling our captain.

“To be clear, we will not make any kind of counterproposal or enter into any discussion. Barcelona have publicly stated that they will respect our position and we expect that they will keep their word.

Barca keep their word! Yeah right, like heck will they, they will make the right offer in the end and I’m sure the club will sell him! 87M Euros or around 55M Euros and Yaya Toure!!

Some think that the club statement is a bold one, one thats put Barca firmly in their place… Me, I just think back to last summer, didn’t Old Red Nose say something similar to Real Madrid but look what happened there, says it all really. The right price will get any player!! The Mancs survived and so will we!!

If Wenger/Arsenal ARE going to sell our captain, before that sale is complete, the club need to confirm the signing of his replacement. They must not and cannot afford to let Cesc go and then go on the lookout as every club will know how much Barca have paid for Fabregas and they will inflate any price for their own player.

Personally, I don’t think we have any player currently at Arsenal who would be able to fill the void left if Fabregas is sold and we don’t want to be hearing about x,y and z who Wenger tried to sign, but failed. We are two days into the window and eight days before the World Cup begins, best Wenger gets to work and fast!!

From this day, until its confirmed he is staying or going, I am not going to write another post about Cesc Fabregas, I am sick and tired of reading and writing about him, Barcelona and their players. If the club say something then that will be different, but I just want this deal to be done, let Sky Sports and all the red tops have their ten minutes of glory whilst reporting how we have lost our best player and then we can all move on!!

My last word on it is, Come on Jose, join in the fun!!

Talking of Jose, he has said that Stevie Gerrard is top of his list of targets for Real Madrid, you don’t hear about that all day and night on Sky Sports do you, no, its always about the doom and gloom at Arsenal, the Fabregas story, the Gallas injury, the Theo being left out of the World Cup squad!! They forget there were six others left out, all of whom probably thought they were on their way to South Africa!! You don’t hear anything about them, well not in the way you hear about poor old Theo!!

At least Matt Le Tissier and Tony Cascarino agree with me about Theo!! 😉

Brighter news, Joe Cole has reportedly signed a three year contract with us and Hugo Rodallega could really be on his way out of Wigan having been labelled a ‘luxury player’ by the clubs chairman…. I’ll believe both though, only when its on afc.com

That’s it for today, have a good one 🙂

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Deja vu with M’bia? Time to let him go…

May 21, 2010

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…..