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Why the Arsenal Apocalypse (aka Arsepocalypse) Will Not Happen

The media-dubbed “Arsepocalypse” or “Arsenal exodus” is a huge farce.  According to the British press, Arsene Wenger’s empire is crumbling.  Many Arsenal supporters believe that Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas have one foot out the door when that is simply not the case.

For weeks, rumors have swirled around Nasri and Fabregas.  At various times, media sources have told us that Nasri was to be sold to Inter, then Manchester United, then Manchester City.  Apparently, Cesc-to-Barcelona is already a done deal, but let’s look at the facts.

According to Sir Alex Ferguson, United has already pulled out of the Nasri sweepstakes.  The negotiations were going nowhere.  Wenger has stated that he is unwilling to sell Nasri to rival clubs.  Manchester City was only interested in Nasri to keep him away from Old Trafford, for they have an identical player in David Silva.  Expect Nasri to stay on at Arsenal for at least another season.

The Cesc drama is a little different.

Because Barcelona is unable or unwilling to meet Wenger’s high asking price, the Catalans have turned to the media to support them.  Xavi recently said that Cesc was “suffering” at Arsenal.  Puyol and Pique have been pleading for years for Cesc to leave the Emirates.  On Friday, the mayor of Catalonia said that Cesc is “experiencing a kidnapping” at Arsenal.

If someone were to “kidnap” me, pay me over £100,000 per week, and let me captain one of the top clubs in Europe, I would welcome it. I certainly would not be suffering.  Barcelona has employed everyone from players to politicians as their own PR men.

Cesc himself has said that he is fine at Arsenal.  He is not demanding a transfer or holding the club hostage.  Of course he would like to return home, but his current gig isn’t the worst in the world.  Fabregas is under contract so Wenger will have no pressure to sell him.

Even if Nasri and Fabregas are sold, Arsenal will not tumble into mid-table mediocrity.  Going into this summer, everyone agreed that we needed a centre-back and a striker.  Gervinho is that striker, but the centre-back search is still ongoing.  Once that is resolved, Arsenal will be able to challenge for the top trophies this season.

Arsene is a master talent scout.  One could only imagine what he would do with the money gained from selling Fabregas and Nasri.  I do not want it to happen, but Wenger spotted these players before they were the huge international stars they are today.  He did the same with Vieira and Henry.  Why can’t he do it again?

The media have perpetuated this “Arsepocalypse” foolishness for a very simple reason.  It sells papers and entices people to click on the headline.  Unfortunately, it has been spreading fear throughout the Arsenal-loving world.  Arsene Wenger isn’t buying it and neither am I.

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  1. hahahaha

    August 29, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    the arse who wrote this must be feeling so stupid right now

  2. john

    August 11, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    liverpool will push arsenal out of the top 4 this season,..just you wait and see..

  3. Rob

    July 18, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Man Arsenal fans are a sensitive bunch. I’ve never seen a group of fans who go on the defensive at the first sign of a negative comment.

  4. blackbarry

    July 18, 2011 at 10:44 am

    “If someone were to “kidnap” me, pay me over £100,000 per week, and let me captain one of the top clubs in Europe, I would welcome it. I certainly would not be suffering. Barcelona has employed everyone from players to politicians as their own PR men.” Laughing my f**kin ass off!!!

    I love this site!! Found it by chance on 11×2 and i’ve checked in every day since…keep up the good work!!!

  5. Norfolk Enchants

    July 18, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Well put. I thought this blog hated the Gunners.

  6. Chris O

    July 17, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    I like Arsenal. Arsenal to me have always been a breath of fresh air when compared to teams like oil rich Chelsea, megalomaniac as ManU or downright masochistic like NCFC (my team). I was beginning to buy into the whole ‘Arsene’s time is up’ BS put out by the media also, but honestly, Arsene can do whatever the hell he wants – HE MADE ARSENAL, we like Arsenal BECAUSE of Wenger.

  7. Dave C

    July 16, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Arsepocalypse??? That word is never gonna catch on!

  8. Biplob Deb

    July 16, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    If Barcelona believe that CESC is suffering at Arsenal and he has been kidnapped, then why don’t they pay the right amount and get their (as they believe!) player out of such intolerable (really?!) condition?
    News revealed in the media suggesting that Chelsea is now ready to pay in excess of 30 million pound for Modric and last season they signed an injury-prone Torres for 50 million pound. If that is the case, then anything less than 50 million pound would not be the right amount for CESC.
    The equation is very clear. If Barca does not have that much amount (as they are reportedly cash-trapped), then they do not deserve to have a player of CESC’s quality and it does not matter how much they adore him.
    If offered 50 million, Arsenal should let him go, because as long as Wenger is at Emirates, there will be plenty of young, talented players at the club (Ryo Miyaichi is one of them).
    But, still I want CESC and Nasri to stay, because they have been outstanding so far and have shown great commitment for the club. Just look at Nasri’s performance in Malaysia, despite having his name linked with City excessively.

    • Emiliano

      July 16, 2011 at 11:47 pm

      Xavi believes Cesc is suffering, but he has no influence over transfers at the club. Just because Chelsea overspent on Torres doesn’t mean every team has to act in a similar fashion. For Arsenal, they can take the money for a tidy profit or keep their player. No one has a gun to their head, and in either case they should be happy. Stop playing the victim.

  9. James

    July 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I agree completely. It was a similiar situation last season – everyone thought Arsenal would drop out of the top 4, when they ended up being United’s closest title rivals (they ended up 4th mostly due to poor results from the end of the season). Arsene hasn’t won anything, but I don’t think he’s going to let the club fall apart like the British press seem to think.

  10. ArrowX

    July 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    ………And really how long can Arsene go with this youth team building scheme, this kind of thing rarely works anymore, players are greedy these days and no longer one club men anymore, we are buiding stars for our rivals to take. Arsenal needs to spend big on big names, not average joe in every transfer window.

  11. ArrowX

    July 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Of course this was written by some Arsenal fanatic, Im an Arsenal fan too but I’m first and for most a realist, how many times have we heard rumours of tranfers from afar, with Managers denying that a player is leaving to calm down their club fans, only to realise that its the tranfer rumour is actually true and a manger was bluffing. The players are going to leave sooner or later, whether we want them to or not. The Barca- Fabs issue is just a childish and ridiculous one, its about time they guy just leaves, clearly his loyalty isnt with Arsenal, if he didnt want to go he would put a stop to this, let him go so we can build a team of people who actually want to be there.

    The nasri issue, we do need to keep this guy, period, if he wants more money they should give him and give him the captain armband. But if he is headstrong in joining united, there is really nothing one can do if someone ‘s heart is somewhere else.

  12. Jeddahgunner

    July 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    The writer of this articel is a dreamer like Wenger.He will be not satisfy unless Arsenal total collapse.The latest Arsenal game in China was a test showing the actual situation at Arsenal and who the next season will be for Arsenal.(In Wenger we rust)

  13. Cord4Gooner

    July 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    With all the Negative press surrounding the Gunners, it is going to be comical when Arsenal is compete with United/Chelski for the title in this upcoming season.

    Gunners are not going anywhere and will be playing Champions League Football for years and years to come.

    If you can keep the Dutch Chocolate Leg Healthy, Arsenal will continue to be a dangerous team.

  14. gargoyle

    July 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Fabregas can’t leave soon enough for me. And Wenger’s daily whining is embarrasing. As an Arsenal fan I just think he sounds foolish always moaning in the press. He sounds like a jilted lover. Sell Fab and move on for god’s sake. They will not miss him. A captain who pines to be somewhere else is not a captain.

    • Truth

      July 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      You are not Arsenal fan, stop pretending that you are. Wenger answers questions the media ask him honestly with no bull. Just because you don’t like the answer he’s giving dont make it moaning and before you manage a daily queen once in your life dont dare care any manager foolish. Just because Cesc wants to leave doesn’t mean he should be sold for peanuts. Wenger is going to get every penny Cesc is worth and if Cesc wants to pout and not perform then he can join the reserve squad until 2015.

  15. Phil

    July 16, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Finaly! I like this whole spread, from the article to the comment. People who are actualy talkin sense and not buying into the media cap!
    Asif the great arsene wenger would fall at this mini-hurdle when he has overcome much bigger ones before. Think…. now we have fabregas and nasri possibly out yeah we have the 2 most fitting replacements already at the club in ramsey and wilshere, what more can u want I would pick them as replacements over anyone else any day! And we know they will be a major force for years. Anyway I’m babbling lol my point is arsenal will rain for many years to come. In arsene we trust and always will.
    P.S we’ve hardly won loads with fabregas and nasri lol

  16. TruRed

    July 16, 2011 at 10:16 am

    i fully expect nasri to stay, and possibly even sign a new contract. this was all a rooney-esque ploy to increase his wages. works everytime. cesc will go sooner or later to barfalona, probly in the last year of his contract.

    sad as i wanted to see nasri at United. he was a player that always concerned me when the red devils play arsenal. he is so slippery in and around the box however he is quite sulky and the snood really makes him a wuss.

    • MUFC77

      July 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

      Arsenal will still be a top four team next season unless RVP gets injured again. Hes crucial for them as they dont have some one who can score on a regular basis. If they can get Vermalen back and pair him with another center half like Gary Cahill they will be a lot better defensively. I disagree with whoever said that Arsenal were 1-2 players away from winning the league last year but they also arnt in as bad a shape as everyone makes out, they are still in better shape than Liverpool as far as i can see.

      As for Utd not getting Nasri this season dont be surprised if SAF has already agreed with the player to take him too old trafford next season on a bosman. Seems very strange to me that Nasri would allegedly say he only wants to go to United then suddenly SAF comes out and says it wont happen because he thinks Nasri has a deal with someone else, maybe a little intentional misdirection by Fergie for once the transfer window shuts Arsenal instantly lose all control over the Nasri situation with him being able to sign a pre contract on Jan 1st.

      • Robin

        July 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

        I agree with what you said about Arsenal FC being better than Liverpool , MUFC77. I think that the only reason Liverpool are being overhyped is because almost all there signings have been English and of course the English media are going to love that.

  17. Joshua

    July 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Finally someone who isnt a fear monger that believes everything newspapers in newspapers. Its no where near as bad as people make out i just hope Arsene spends a bit more money this year as it only would have taken one or two signings and january to win us the title. Not saying go crazy like chelsea and spend 50million on someone but 25million on Benzema or even at a push why not try sign aguero he is more expensive but he would be amazing. I know that this is all unlikely but hopefully Arsene changes for this season so we are not left dissapointed again.

  18. vela

    July 16, 2011 at 8:48 am

    SO TRUE!

  19. MBA Jobs

    July 16, 2011 at 8:46 am

    It is good to read someone writing something sensible about Arsenal for a change. Whilst Fabregas and Nasri are class players, if they leave, they leave. I wouldnt want to see Nasri go for a free in a year so personally I cant see why they dont offer him a crazy contract and honour it for one year and sell him after that. The rest of the exodus – Clichey is not the same player he was, its no great loss; Bendtner – ridiculed for years, no great loss; Almunia, ditto; noises of Denilson going too, is all good news to make room for some fresh talent!

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