Cryptic Words From Cesc…

Afternoon All…

So, we’ve finally heard from our beloved captain Cesc Fabregas on his future at Arsenal. There were some interesting quotes yesterday, so first thing’s first, let’s see what he had to say:

“Barcelona are the best team in the world and going there guarantees titles. Any player who says he is not frustrated at not winning titles is lying. I am ambitious. But I owe myself to Arsenal.”

This was a snippet of a slightly bigger quote:

“I’m very happy where I am. If I said anything else to you I would be lying. I’m an Arsenal player, we have a great team and a great coach. If one day I have to leave Arsenal then I’ll speak that same day, not before. I haven’t spoken to the boss. He’s the one who makes the decisions and I don’t know if they want to sell me or not. Everyone has their way of interpreting things, but in these decisions not everything depends on the player. To say anything else would be to lie and to give way to speculations that aren’t true. I have my values and after everything I have lived in the team for eight years, I’m not going to say something that could ruin everything. I have always acted with discretion. I’m in a very complicated position. I’m not one of those who will talk (to the press) so a signing can be sorted out. Last year I think I made a mistake but that’s passed now and you learn from your mistakes. Last year was hard. I came out and gave my position and maybe I was wrong to do so. Barca are the best team in the world and going there guarantees winning titles. Any player who says they are not frustrated by not winning titles is lying. I’m ambitious I’m not going to talk about any team, but you can never say never to anyone because in the future you never know what will happen”.

I’m not exactly sure how you take this, but a lot of the Arsenal sites and a lot of the papers have taken this as “Cesc stays at Arsenal”… but I see a cryptic message within these words. Words that imply that he “won’t say he wants to join Barcelona”, thus implying he does. Heck, he said so later summer, so obviously he does.

Sandra Rossell, Barcelona president threw in some annoying quotes too:

“Cesc? I guess he’d like to join us, like a lot of players would, but we won’t go mad and offer silly fees. Last year we offered 40M for Cesc, this season his value is less. What we can offer will also depend on his salary.”

Personally, like Real Madrid did when they wanted Ronaldo, pay the silly money – give us £100m in cash… and then and only then, will you get your player. Otherwise, just stop talking about him like an obsession! Barcelona fail to remember that Cesc has 6 years left on his contract (well done Arsene for tying him down)… His value is still the same – invaluable!

What do you make of the quotes?

One player who is obviously worried about his place in the team is Johan Djourou – who despite a mid season purple season – has been pretty bad at the end of the season and was frankly shocking for England vs Swizterland. The Swiss defender said:

“I’ve been here a long time, I want to keep my place and become a better player. When you play in the top flight each player has to push himself and battle for his place, and I am no different. I know I can improve and that I have a lot in me, so now I have to improve in time for pre-season and be ready for the team. I hope it’s the case that other players look to me because I have experience, and that the manager continues to have confidence in me. Last season, I had a little shoulder injury at the end, but I think overall it was very good for me.”

Arsene is closing in on one of Gary Cahill or Chris Samba (who would you prefer?). I am pretty sure I’d prefer Cahill. He’s English after all, and has a bit about him. If we did sign Cahill, you would have to presume Vermaelen and Cahill would be first choice, which would leave JD and Koscielny as #3 and #4 respectively. There have been some rumours that we will sign both Cahill and Samba and Vermaelen will move to left back – can you see it happening? I don’t think so… well, if Clichy goes, them maybe, just maybe it could happen…

There is more transfer news surrounding Gervinho and Sagna has backed his acquisition, should it happen…

“This season he was a key player for Lille, and really helped his team to be champions. He’s got a wonderful technique on a football field, and I’m sure he would be welcome.”

Lille general manager, Paquet, did say this:

“We are in negotiations with Arsenal over Gervinho. We received an offer from London and although our intention is to offer a new contract to our striker we will talk to Arsenal.”

Fingers crossed he will sign, he does look good… he is a winner and he’s better than Chamakh and Bendtner. Talking about the Dane, it’s rumoured that he’s in a bit of a tug of war between a £10m bid from Bayern and a £12m bid from Sporting Lisbon. Both agreed to pay his extortionate wages!

I’ll be back later… ’til then… Adios…


    Well the cesc thing will go on all summer (still 6 years left on his contract? jeeez he agreed to sign such a long contract!??)

    as for samba and cahill, samba is a beast but I’d prefer Cahill (honestly I’d say sign both and let everyone scrap it out and really fight for their position-I hate complacency)

    annnnd this Gervinho deal looks to be coming along- what do people know about him (strengths, weaknesses?) I havent seen him play or know much about him

  • arseneknows

    re: Gervinho’s strengths and weaknesses;

    Warm personality
    Good cook
    firm hand-shake
    clam eye contact

    temper around crossword problems
    pedantic about bathroom neatness
    doesn’t alway offer the first round
    very very load after a few pints
    odd around children
    disturbingly quite on issues of justice

    is that what you meant?

  • Vazy


    Ha! i dont know if CON-MAN meant those.. but i liked hearing them!

  • Berth

    He is the personification of a modern day ball dribbler. A handful to defenders too. But am not sure he has the intelligence of Arshavin or Guile of Nasri.

  • devday

    @ CON-MAN:
    I think Gervinho is exactly what we need – a pacey striker, who likes to hang on the shoulder of the last defender – has a trick too!!

  • devday

    @ arseneknows:

  • devday

    @ Berth:
    As long as he gets the ball in the back of the net and has a good level of passion and desire. Bingo.

  • JDD

    i dont see the what everyone sees in cahill.out of him and samba id much rather samba,also 15mil is a bit much however i hope we sign both of them because cahill is better than djourou and koscielny,let squillaci go and that wud leave us with 5 centre-halves or even vermaelen becoming a left back which could be a good move as he is very attack minded.add gervinho and maybe 1 or 2 more signings and the window could be very good for us.i think wenger has realised that he can no longer take on teams by buying players that are cheap or inexperienced because everyone is spending big nowadays. however once these fair play rules(or whateva there called)come in to play we may have an upper hand in the market because as wev seen wenger can sign star players with a small budget at his disposal.


    @ arseneknows:

    well at least he can cook looooooool