Fabregas Decision Puts Arsenal and Wenger at a Crossroads

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So Cesc is off then. So long and thanks for all the skill, the vision and the bushy eyebrows.

Is this an Arsenal crisis in the making? Wasn’t Wenger building that team around Fabregas? How can you replace a player as good as that? It takes a lot of money. But Wenger doesn’t like to spend a lot of money – almost nobly so in fact. So how is he going to fill that Cesc-sized hole in the side? Can the likes of Nasri actually play that role as well as Fabregas? It’s far from clear.

I wonder if the problem this has created for Wenger will make him question the point of staying on at Arsenal for much longer. Let’s face it he’s spent four of five years creating the side that was nearly really good this season but which once again won nothing. In reality he’s probably only got one more season left to get it right with a new era potentially dawning soon and the arrival of a new owner who will be keen to be seen as the new conquering hero.

Wenger has built up a massive amount of capital at Arsenal and it’s been slow to be diminished but slowly it is now draining away. Fans grow restless at clubs like Arsenal without silverware; they shouldn’t but they do. Another potless season would be the breaking point for many previously loyal Wenger acolytes and how much harder will winning anything be without Fabregas in the centre, dictating things? A lot harder, I would argue.

With the pressing need for a top class goalkeeper, cover at centre half and up front and now a play maker of the highest order, there is much work for Wenger to do in the coming months and whoever he brings in will have to work straight away if he’s to keep the fans on board en masse. Suddenly, it’s looking like a major rebuild at Arsenal, not just in the first team but as crucially in the squad in case injuries, as they seem to all too frequently do at Arsenal, wreck their season again. They badly need some added depth.

If making these changes proves difficult this summer might it be time for Arsene to walk away and to look for another challenge.

His best exit strategy would be to win something next season and then bow out on top. But with the rise of Spurs and City’s money and the continued strength of Chelsea and United, it’s all looking less likely than ever. If Liverpool ever get sold and get their act together surely they couldn’t be as poor as this season and will provide yet more competition for the north Londoners.

Is Arsene up for the fight? The next couple of months could be very interesting to watch at The Emirates. Revolution may well be in the air.

11 thoughts on “Fabregas Decision Puts Arsenal and Wenger at a Crossroads”

  1. excuse me how much more presumptious can you get, fabregas hasnt left, and wenger has already indicated he will strengthen the squad significantly.

    you are also overestimating the threat of totenham we had one of lowest points totals in the 06/07 season with a squad that cost the price of half this totenham teams and yet still they only managed 2 more points than we achieved that year

  2. Eh, if losing Cesc means picking up somebody like Gourcuff and Lloris or Akinfeev for goal, and still have money for central defender, that might be a decent swap.

    Gourcuff has GOT to be ready to leave Bordeaux.

    1. The problem is that sort of swap doesn’t seem to really be in Wenger’s DNA.

      He’s got the part where he sells the star player down pat, but when it comes to using the cash to re-strengthen the team he is lost.

      So we’ll sell Cesc, we’ll buy like one decent player with the cash and plug in Nasri. Two trohpyless years down the line Nasri has played well and is now being courted by Real Madrid. The whole process starts over.

      I agree with the author that Wenger’s approach is noble, but there is so little room for that in the game today. There is always going to be someone else with silly money playing the game the wrong way and stealing your players.

  3. Hold the phones – has Cesc left yet? All I am hearing/reading is rumors that he would be interested in going to Barcelona. Nothing definite, unless someone can provide a link to a story that definitely says “I want out.”

    Arsenal has him signed for the next few years for a great price, and unless either Cesc pitches a fit or Wenger gets bowled over with an offer, I don’t see it happening (this year).

  4. It is a huge loss for Arsenal and one that may cripple them out of the Top 3 if they aren’t careful

    They have some young guns but they are NOT so great as to just continue their success on offense

    Their D has always been suspect and this makes it worse

  5. If Barca are willing to pay 40m for Fabregas then wenger could buy a good playmaker central midfielder for 20-25m then a defensive midfielder for 15-20m,, then of course wenger said he will buy a centre back and probably a goal keeper, so it’s not all bad but of course if Fabregas does leave and Wenger doesn’t buy a replacement then we got problems

  6. melodramatic. they have enough midfielders to last into the next decade. IF cesc leaves, they can ignore the midfield, get at least one solid central defender, an A-list goalie and a tall/big/back-to-goal striker and they’re better than they were this year.

  7. lol he hasn’t left its all rumours. Stop posting BS so you can get comments I’m British and I’ll tell you our tabloids are the worst in the world.

    I guess you also think Rooney has gone to Real Madrid for a record £150 million. That rumour has been the most consistent one in newspapers lately though of course its bullshit.

  8. I don’t think you can put down the rumours about Cesc especially as he is supposed to have flow back here from Spain to have told Arsene Wenger he will leave. You can’t hold him to hi contract, if he wants to leave he will. You can’t keep a player who isn’t happy or wants to stay at the club. You can’t blame Cesc for wantintg to go back to Barca, he has roots there and they have won stacks of trophies in the last few years and look like winning a lot more. We don’t know when we will win a trophy, it is possible but Arsene doesn’t do enough to strengthen the squad in the right areas imo. Sad if Cesc goes, but at least you would have another £40m+ to spendon the players Arsenal need to compete properly with Chelsea and Man U and be able to win the Champions League. Its vital we buy a new goalkeeper, a defender or two, holding midfielder and we are still light on attack. I would consider selling Eduardo, he isn’t the same player since his injury and doesn’t score enough goals. The jury still out on Bendtner too, despite a number of goals late last season. He may come on though. Hope we don’t see other players leaving which could happen if likes of Arshavn take their cue.

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