This Sunday, I found myself trying to blog from the relatively new ipad2… It kind of didn’t work – for sure, it didn’t work… A big part of blogging is typing and my good and faithful Blackberry Torch (with qwerty keyboard) came to the rescue!
In the last couple of weeks, there has been a lot of speculation about Cesc and whether or not he will be with us next season… He ended the season outside of the first team and despite rumours he was fit, didn’t play the last game of the season.
Since the end of the season, a lot of our players – Sagna, Szcznesy and more have all talked about the possibility of Cesc leaving – they say there is no smoke without fire… And Arshavin said this yesterday:
“My opinion is very simple: only Cesc should decide if he leaves or not. Serious conversations on this topic in the team was not made – well, we joked a bit, as usual…. Before leaving on vacation Fabregas gave little gifts to each player, and I asked him: “What is this? A parting gift? He said nothing. Here we return to London, and understand, it says there is something behind this silence…”
Worrying words from Arshavin – many people think that the gifts were just a gesture – but in the manner of the quote from the Russian, it doesn’t sound normal, it sounds like it’s the first time he’s done it.
Nigel Winterburn seems to think he is off, and that it may not be the worst thing in the world.
“The big question for the summer is will Cesc Fabregas stay and I must admit, I have my doubts. Cesc clearly wanted to go last to Barcelona last year, but he is under a long contract at Arsenal and is not the type of player to kick up too much of a fuss. He has too much respect for his manager and club to do that. He will always give everything in games, but if he still wants to leave now and go back to Spain then the club will have to think about letting it happen. Arsenal will call the shots though, and can ask for as much as they like from Barcelona. It would have to be in excess of £30m for a player of Cesc’s calibre who is still only 24. But if he does leave it will give a chance to others, and a chance to maybe alter the style of play in midfield. The current system based on technical ability has been found out in the last few years, and Arsene may look to go in a new direction.”
Now whatever Nigel W says about Cesc leaving being a good thing – I don’t agree whatsoever – he is our best player and to be honest, we’ve lost too many good players recently and been unable to compete. Arsene has said several times that he needs to add experience to the squad this summer and letting our captain go will be the complete opposite of it…
How will we fare if Cesc goes? How do we replace such a talent? Our captain? Our best player? Arsene needs to bring in a quality replacement and strengthen other areas that need strengthening.
This is a big summer for Arsene.