It has been a busy day in the world of Arsenal; we’ve heard rumours from all news outlets that Cesc and Nasri will depart by tomorrow.
Both players have been linked with departures to Barcelona and Man City respectively and with Cesc, we’ve always known that he would one day go back to his boyhood club; with Arsene Wenger so adamant that Cesc was staying, he’s made us believe that it wouldn’t be this summer – unfortunately for all of us, it looks like within the next 24 hours, Cesc will be sold. With Nasri, the departure is a bit more forced, Man City have increased their bid weekly and Nasri has a massive intent to leave and will not sign a new contract.
Both players have been amongst our best, and it’s definitely a loss to lose both of them. Yes, we have talent coming through, but Cesc, for sure, is in the top 5 players in the Premiership and you can’t lose that sort of quality and not replace it. Nasri, last season, showed signs of why we signed him, and really came of age – for about 4 months – but regardless of the feelings we have against Nasri & Cesc for their desire to leave, we need to understand that we are losing quality players and also need to understand that we need to replace them with quality players.
[Update: Arsene commented on Cesc & Nasri]
Media reports in the past 24 hours suggested that the destination of the Arsenal captain next season would be determined by the start of the Premier League this weekend – whether it be Emirates Stadium or Barcelona. On Thursday afternoon Arsenal Player got the latest from the manager.
“That is completely the truth,” he said. “We hope it will be sorted out very quickly one way or the other. We’ll know very quickly.”
Meanwhile the future of Samir Nasri is also under the microscope. Once again his manager wanted a speedy resolution.
“The Nasri situation is stable,” said Wenger. “Again it is very difficult to speak about possible transfers but we are in a situation where we have to make decisions one way or the other. Ideally you want it to be sorted out before the season starts.”
If you throw in the sales of JET (£1m), Clichy (£7m), to the proposed sales of Nasri (£23m) and Cesc (£37m), and throw in the original £30m kitty that the manager and chairman supposedly had at the beginning of the transfer window, that’s a whopping £98m, of which £10 we’ve spent on Gervinho, £7m on Oxlade and £1m on Jenkinson. If the two sales went ahead tomorrow, that would leave us approximately £80m in our transfer kitty and release another £12m on wages from the transfer kitty too.
With that amount of money, we have the ability to replace the two with quality, quality replacements – the Mata’s, the Ribery’s and the lark. Yes, we have Ramsey, Wilshere etc coming through, but we need to have a big game player, a leader amongst the revels… and if we were to sell Bendtner, Eboue and Vela, then we’d be able to afford a Cristiano Ronaldo at today’s prices! No more 17 years please, experience needed!
Hayley Wright on Twitter reminded us of something that Herbert Chapman once said:
Chapman on the integration of youth players: “I am convinced that it is a mistake for the two classes to mix. [Older, experienced players] have only to keep fit, and their example is not beneficial to a youth who has to learn his job. They should be trained to think not only for themselves but for the side generally.”
And we have adopted a different culture now, where no longer are there layers of heirachy and a fight for the first team – nowadays, our first team is a bunch of hopeful, promising youngsters, with a very low amount of experience and a massive lack of leadership…
With the first part of today’s article, yes, I have exerted some negativity – it’s frustrating as an Arsenal player to see such transfer dealings. But it’s not all doom & gloom – we have a group of very talented kids and if we buy the experience we need – and that’s a massive IF, then we can still challenge. It was a little shocking to hear the very strong rumours of the potential signing of Scott Dann. I really don’t rate him at all – they always say it’s never a good idea to buy defenders from a relegated team. I don’t know if it will happen, or really why it’s in the papers, but perhaps the lack of signings, and overlooking of Cahill, Samba and failed bids for Jones and Jagielka mean we have nowhere to go?
I’ll review the injuries tomorrow and look at the team line up, but the news I’m hearing isn’t great – it looks like Gibbs, Vermaelen, Wilshere, Cesc, Nasri, Van Persie, Bendtner, Eboue & Vela are all set to miss the Newcastle match…
We have a 9am press conference with Le Boss, so we will all find out what’s in store then for sure…