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10 Possible Replacements for Cesc Fabregas If He Leaves Arsenal

This is one of the most difficult and challenging articles that I have written so far. Not only because I am a huge fan of Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas, but because he’s one of the most talented and best players in his position in the world. This article is going to cause some debate and I know most will not like it, but let’s face it, our beloved Fabregas looks likely to leave sooner or later to his boyhood club Barcelona. Because of this I decided on making a list of 10 Possible Replacements for Cesc Fabregas. This list is based on their quality, value and the ability to replace one of the best midfielders in the world.  I hope it’s a good read and please share your thoughts and opinions.

The list is in random order:

Hernanes- Club: Lazio- Age: 26- Nation: Brazil- Height:5’11”

One of the best signings in all of Europe last season. Hernanes, was one of the stars last season in the Serie A, putting in some top-notch performances, most notably against Inter Milan in a 3-1 win. Hernanes is considered a world-class player, known for his excellent passing, dribbling, vision and explosiveness. The 10 million pounds that Lazio paid to sign him, is now considered a bargain and his value is now at least triple that amount. Hernanes has stated that his intentions in staying with Lazio, but if Lazio get an offer of around 30 million pounds or more, they might be tempted to sell.

According to, Hernanes is valued at 16 million pounds. But Lazio will want much more than that, probably around 30 million pounds.

Kwadwo Asamoah- Club: Udinese- Nation: Ghana- Age: 22- Height: 5’10”

Appearances/ Goals with Udinese: 85/5

A very gifted player, who is considered one of the best young players in the world. Kwadwo Asamoah, has long been linked with a move to the Gunners and has had an excellent season with his club Udinese. Asamoah is a talented midfielder, known for his skill, creativity, work-rate and strong physique.  Asamoah can play in central midfield as well as on the left, he has all the capabilities and talent to succeed with the Gunners and in the Premier League.

According to, he’s valued at around 8.5 million pounds. Kwadwo Asamoah, though, is valued by Udinese at around 18 million pounds.

Yoann Gourcuff- Nation: France- Club: Olympique Lyonnais-  Age: 24- Height: 6’1”

Appearances/ Goals with Lyon: 27/3

A very talented and creative player. Yoann Gourcuff is one of the most talented players, in my opinion, not only in France, but in Europe as well. Yes, he didn’t have the best of seasons last season with his club Lyon and looked short on confidence. When he is confident and in his stride, he is one of the best playmakers you’ll ever see. Gourcuff is known for his creativity, excellent dribbling, passing, set piece ability and technique. He was also labeled as like many talented Frenchmen, as the next Zidane. I know that they’ll never be another Zinedine Zidane, but when I see Gourcuff play, with confidence, he’s the closest I’ve seen to Zidane. The way he dribbles and his style of play is reminiscent of the French legend.

If Gourcuff can regain his confidence and gets settled, then he can be a great signing for the Gunners and would take the Premier League by storm.

According to, Gourcuff is valued at around 18 million pounds, but Lyon would probably want more than 20 million pounds for his services.

Doesn’t this goal just remind you of Zidane:

Wesley Sneijder- Nation: Holland- Age:27- Club: Inter Milan- Height: 5’7”

Appearances/Goals with Inter Milan: 80/15

One of the world’s best players, Wesley Sneijder, has had a rough time last season due to injury problems and Rafa Benitez’s questionable tactics. When he’s at his best, though, there is no questioning his talent and ability. He’s a terrific passer, excellent with both feet, great set piece taker, all in all, one of the best midfielders in the world today. Sneijder has so far refused to commit his future to Inter Milan and is said to be a top target for Manchester United. Would it be nice for not only the Gunners to acquire a quality player, but to also acquire him ahead of a fierce rival.

He is reportedly valued at around 35-40 million pounds, his high wages could also be a concern, but if Wenger wants a top-quality replacement, then he needs to pay up.

Lucho Gonzalez- Nation: Argentina- Age: 30- Club: Olympique Marseille- Height: 6’1”

Appearances/Goals with Marseille: 94/18

A player that has been linked with the Gunners on numerous occasions. Lucho Gonzalez, is an Argentinian central midfielder plying his trade for Olympique Marseille, who’s likely to leave this summer. Lucho is known for his excellent passing, leadership and high work-rate and was also the player with the most assists last season in Ligue 1, with 12. People may think that his age could be a problem, but I honestly think it could be a plus. Not only will the Gunners have a quality player, but with his experience, he could act as a guide and aid the progress of young, rising Gooners like Ramsey and Wilshere.

He is reportedly valued by his club, at around 13 million euros.

Joao Moutinho- Nation: Portugal- Club: FC Porto- Height: 5’7”

Appearances/Goals with Porto: 51/2

Joao Moutinho has been linked with the Gunners, ever since he was at Sporting Lisbon. Moutinho, had a superb season with Porto and was one of the stars of their excellent campaign, alongside Falcao and Hulk. He’s a talented and skillful player, who has an excellent passing range, a good dribbler and creative. His future at Porto has been thrown into doubt after Andre Villas-Boas’s departure, and could be a shrewd and quality acquisition for the Gunners.

He reportedly has a release clause of around 35 million pounds.

Paulo Henrique Ganso- Age: 21- Club: Santos- Nation: Brazil- Height: 6’1/2”

Appearances/Goals with Santos: 94/23

A player that is destined and likely to leave Brazil and play with a top club in Europe. The highly-rated, Paulo Henrique Ganso, is one of the best talents to come out of Brazil in the past few years. He is so highly regarded, that he’s labeled by Brazilian correspondents as “world-class” and he’s only 21. He’s very skillful, excellent passer and dribbler, with his style very similar to Kaka. He has had his injury problems which is probably the main reason for his poor Copa America so far, but is still a brilliant talent. There is huge interest in him from Italy, in particular the Milan rivals, Inter and AC Milan, but nothing has been made official yet and he’s still a Santos player. He has a very bright  future ahead of him.

Reportedly valued at around 25-30 million pounds.

Kaka- Nation: Brazil- Age: 28- Height: 6’1”- Club: Real Madrid

Appearances/Goals with Real Madrid: 52/16

Brazilian star and AC Milan legend, Kaka, has had a rough year with his club Real Madrid and after the signing of Nuri Sahin… his future at Real Madrid is in doubt. Kaka has had physical and injury problems for the past few years, but when at he’s at his best, he’s one of the best players in the world, in the top 5 best at the least. Kaka is known for his excellent dribbling, passing, vision, creativity and also has an excellent eye for goal. He’s also a known admirer of the Gunners, especially in their style of play. All in all, one of the best playmakers in world football. Due to his injuries and lack of playing time, his transfer fee has decreased significantly, almost by half the price he cost when he transferred to Real Madrid.

He’s reportedly valued at around 30 million pounds and just like Sneijder, his wages are a concern, the Gunners need to pay up if they want to acquire him.

From within the club:

Aaron Ramsey- Nation: Wales- Age: 20- Height: 5’10”

Appearances/Goals with Arsenal: 59/6

A highly rated young player with a bright future ahead of him. Aaron Ramsey, is the natural successor to Cesc Fabregas  and has all the talent and ability to become a great player for the Gunners. Aaron Ramsey signed for the Gunners on June 13, 2008 from Cardiff City, in which the Gunners beat stiff competition from Manchester United for his signature. Ramsey has put in some excellent performances for the Gunners, most recently against Manchester United, in which he scored the only and put on a very good performance alongside another future star in Jack Wilshere. His horrific leg break has stifled his progress somewhat, but he has bounced back well and has a very bright future ahead of him.

Samir Nasri- Nation: France- Age: 24- Height: 5’10”

Appearances/Goals with Arsenal: 124/27

The likeliest option if Fabregas leaves and he stays. Samir Nasri, has had an excellent season, where he was second in the race for the best player in the Premier League. Nasri is a player who can beat players, creative, an excellent passer,  has good vision and great technique. There are reports suggesting that Nasri wants to play a more central role next season and if Fabregas leaves, will be a huge candidate for that role. He has the ability and skill to do very well, as the playmaker of the team.

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  1. TaylorD

    August 4, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Great article-The real and only question is if arsene wenger will spend the money????

    If he does i would like to see hamsik or gourcuff comeover. and if your really dreaming,maybe schweinsteiger will one day leave bayern munich

    +they need cahill ,samba, or either of the borussia dortmund centerbacks more than a midfielder

    +i would also like to believe there are big plans going on behind closed doors at arsenal, but it’s arsene wenger….and sell denilson, diaby, squillaci, koscielny, almunia, vela, bendtner and invest in a new team

  2. europa league

    August 4, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    he will be replaced by a 18 yr old who might be good when hes 28… if arsenal manage to actually keep a player.

  3. TGN

    August 4, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Perhaps Diego if looking for a reasonably priced midfield creator?

  4. Taylor

    August 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    How about thinking about more reasonably-priced options ? Think like Wenger, more precisely. I will be surprised if Wenger spends a lot of money. So you can take off Kaka, Gourcuff, Moutinho or Ganso from the list.

    It’s always nice to speculate but at the end of the day, it will be just speculations or expectations. If you’re talking about Manchester City or Real Madrid, you can basically put any players because there’s a big chance they’d pay the transfer fee.

  5. Albert Jones

    August 4, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    How about looking somewhere other than Europe? Anyone see Marco Fabian’s goals against Barcelona? The kid is an extremely talented and technical attacking midfielder with a knack of scoring incredible goals.

  6. mike

    August 4, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Like Taylor said, will Wenger spend money? There is something going on behind closed doors in Arsenal. I am a Manchester United supporter but I am still open minded. A lot of these players r over-rated. The blame is not really on Wenger, the players have to step up and justify their bloody wages.

  7. shindigo

    August 4, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Frank Ribery anyone?

    • Thomas

      August 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      Ribery is a winger? He can operate centrally, but I wouldn’t say it suits his natural skill set.

      I think Gourcuff is an interesting prospect, but his price will likely be very high.

      I think the natural choice is Nasri, though there is the issue of him leaving after this season..I’d like to see Barton join (if he actually leaves NUFC)..Barton Wilshere Nasri..not bad.

      Pegging Ramsey as the replacement is exactly the reason Arsenal are on a 6 year trophy drought. The lad has some great upside to him, and has put in some good perfomances. But he’s not going to be nearly as consistant as Cesc..Once again, yo’uve got the same issue you’ve seen again and again…Arsenal cashing in on a star in his prime, with a not qute there player in his place.

    • sahil

      August 6, 2011 at 6:47 am

      ribery would cost arsenal some real money and i don’t think so that they can buy him…

  8. Americo

    August 4, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I think the best choice is Yoann Gourcuff. He played very well in AC Milan but they sold him too soon.

  9. Spenser Davis

    August 4, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Good article, great to show some options. Though as a Liverpool fan I know the agony of wishing my club would sign someone! I would have preferred Yoann Gourcuff to Jordan Henderson! I’ve always been a fan of Gourcuff, really wish he would come to the Premier League, he is such quality. One of the few solid-looking players in France’s terrible South African campaign last year. Though I would say he is more of a replacement for Nasri, right? If Nasri leaves, that is.

    And Sneijder is just brilliant, one of the few geniuses left in football today. I would die if he went to United, but I could just stand it if he went to Arsenal!

  10. Efrain

    August 4, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I am not so much worried about who to replace Fabregras as I am at who to add/replace in defense. Fabregras wants to go…..let him go to Barca for less $$…. and take Pique from Barca for our back 4. That would be sweet. Dreaming, I know…. but a guy can dream right.

    • spen

      August 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm

      Pique would be lost without Puyol!

    • Neil O

      August 4, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      I agree with you bud. Ramsey, Wilshere, Nasri, etc should be able to handle midfield on their own. You dont have to score 4 goals to win a game, but you do have a problem if you let 4 in yourself. Defence is critical at Arsenal and the clock is tickin before the transfer window closes again. I do wonder why nobody mentions Hummels or Subotic from Dortmund.

  11. Taylor

    August 4, 2011 at 9:17 am

    You can throw away any names as you want but the first question is: will Wenger spend a lot of money for a player ?

    • trickybrkn

      August 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      exactly. why I can’t understand why Le Arse hasn’t gone for Scott Parker for £8mil. Would have three English midfielders out there… ohh maybe I answered my own question.

      • Bucky

        August 5, 2011 at 11:26 am

        Because Parker is not a good enough. August 5th and no premier league team has bought him.

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