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What Arsenal Should Do With the Cash From Selling Cesc Fabregas

Many are wondering how Arsenal should replace Cesc Fabregas, who has finally made his return to the Camp Nou where he won his first piece of silverware in six years after playing ten minutes for Barcelona. Arsene Wenger has a decision to make: Should he buy a replacement for Fabregas or stick with what he has in center midfield?

In my opinion, Arsenal do not need to purchase an expensive replacement for Fabregas. Jack Wilshere (19) and Aaron Ramsey (20) are on the cusp of stardom. Wilshere emerged as a top talent last season, while Ramsey is regaining the form he had before his horrific injury. Both of these players can fill the Gunners’ needs in the center of the park.

Tactically, Arsene Wenger can benefit from the departure of Fabregas. The Spanish midfielder, especially in the last two seasons, limited the formations Wenger could choose from. Cesc liked to play right behind the striker as a central attacking midfielder. So, Wenger was forced to adopt a 4-2-3-1 (or 4-5-1). Too many times last season Jack Wilshere played as a holding midfielder when he can bring so much more to the attack.

If Wenger does not buy a direct replacement for Cesc, Arsenal can play in a 4-3-3 or even a 4-4-2, if he wishes. Wilshere and Ramsey both show qualities of becoming box-to-box midfield generals. Wilshere, in particularly, has great vision and elusiveness. While he is also a ball-winner, it would be a shame to waste Wilshere’s attacking talent.

Fabregas, while taking a break from kissing the Barcelona crest, said this about the Gunners’ young stars: “I’ve seen Aaron for three years and Jack for two-and-a-half years. Jack will be the next England captain in a few years, that’s not even a question.

“You don’t have to be a magician to know that he’s got the capacity to dribble and to pass. He will go on to become a top player of the future. There’s not even a question about that.

“Aaron has done unbelievable and he will get better with his final ball. He’ll become the next big star at Arsenal. Jack and Aaron are the future, and they will do so well because they are competitive and they are winners. They will be amazing for the club.”

Cesc Fabregas’ ill-advised back heel in Barcelona was a testament to his lack of versatility. He was a great play-maker and had extraordinary vision, but he became a distraction at the Emirates. It was time for Cesc to go.

Wenger should not buy Juan Mata from Valencia or Jadson from Shakhtar Donetsk to fill in for the loss of Fabregas. Both of these players would be expensive additions (Mata especially) and would restrict Wenger’s choice of formations. If Nasri leaves, then signing Mata as his replacement is a better option.

Someone like Scott Parker would be a great fit for Arsenal. He could play alongside Wilshere and Ramsey/Alex Song in a 4-3-3. Parker is a multidimensional player, and two-way players are rare these days. There are just too many attacking and holding midfielders in the game today.

According to reports, Barcelona paid Arsenal a down payment of €14.5m for Fabregas, with the rest to come later. Instead of spending that money on a midfielder, Arsene Wenger should be focused on securing his backline. Arsenal’s need for a center-back far outweighs their need for a Cesc Fabregas replacement.

In conclusion, Arsenal do not need to rush out and panic buy (as if Wenger ever panic buys) to compensate for the loss of Fabregas. Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey can play in the middle without inhibiting the amount of formations available to Arsenal. Barcelona’s cash should be used to strengthen the back four, not replace Cesc.

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  1. Jeff Powell

    August 25, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I’m not an Arsenal fan, but two players I think they should buy (without having to spend a fortune) are:

    1. Craig Bellamy – plenty of pace and now he is more mature, would not be so much of a liability as he once was. Would relish an opportunity for first team action with other speedy players, and could actually see him playing off RVP really well.

    2. Gary Cahill – Solid Defender, brings presence and would stabilze the back. Would fit right in

  2. Dave C

    August 18, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Scott Parker? You have to be kidding – he’s tecnically very poor, and wouldn’t fit in with Arsenal’s style at all. Every move would break down as he takes three touches to get the ball under control, and then think about what do do with it.

    He looks good at struggling teams like West Ham, and previously Newcastle and Charlton, because he’s a scrappy, try-hard grafter. You need a bit more quality than that to play for any team aspiring to the top of the table.

    Also, I don’t mean to sound patronizing, but when you talk about how there are few “two-way players” around these days, and too many attacking or defensive midfielders, it almost sounds like you’re unaware of the way the game has developed in the last ten years or so. There’s a reason why teams have several specialist “types” of central midfielders, rather than just two of the old school box-to-box marauders.

    • Jack Tomczuk

      August 18, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      I understand the development of the game, but I do not want to see Wilshere or Ramsey confined to either a defensive midfielder or an attacking midfielder role. If Wenger uses a 4-3-3 then he needs three box-to-box midfielders. Song is decent but Rosicky and co. do not cut it on the bench.

      • Dave C

        August 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm

        But no club in the world uses three box-to-box midfielders any more (as far as I know). The midfield roles are becoming increasingly specialized. If there was a good all-round midfielder available, then sure, sign him (maybe to play alongside an existing DM). Or sign a DM to allow Ramsey/Wilshere to be box-to-box (if necessary).

        But signing someone who is, frankly, dire (like Scott Parker) would be a huge step down for Arsenal. Parker is a mediocre player at best.

        • Jack Tomczuk

          August 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm

          Parker is a better option than Rosicky and Diaby (who is out injured). If Arsenal bring him in, it would only be for on loan for a season. Parker could provide depth to the midfield, and he would not be expensive.

  3. Todd

    August 18, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Taking into account what Wenger already said regarding his CB options, I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t beef up the back line anymore. Vermaelen back definitely helps, but I’m just not as fully confident in Koscielny. I’d like to see him buy both a CB or even a wing-back since Gibbs is already sidelined, then focus on an experienced, attacking CM.

    Mata looks like it won’t be happening if the papers hold any bit of truth, so my guess as to who Wenger has in his sights is anyone’s guess. Either way, he MUST buy, for the sake of the squad and for the restless supporters. Surely he realizes that in today’s game, you’ve got to spend money to keep up with the competition. Nasri leaving really, really hurts.

  4. Efrain

    August 18, 2011 at 9:23 am

    RVP is injury prone. Chamakh is not doing well (and he looked lazy in the last CL match with Udinese, but thats another story).

    He should spend money on a top striker. With Vermaelen back, the defense looks better, but another center back/center half (not sure what its called) to strengthen the defense makes sense too.

    • anime_anarchist

      August 18, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      I don’t think chamakh looked lazy so much as lost. He’s struggled ever since van persie came back from injury last season. Honestly I think his confidence has been shot. More playing time might help, but with van persie healthy…

  5. Taylor

    August 18, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Or if Wenger doesn’t buy anyone and Arsenal doesn’t win anything this season, probably the money can be used to sign a new manager next season 🙂

    • Efrain

      August 18, 2011 at 9:28 am

      LOL Taylor, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see him sacked mid-season if things start to go sour. I was disappointed in his decisions for subs against Udinese. I thought he should have given that Asian kid (forgot his name) a go. Seems to have talent and definitely has some speed! Though maybe he hadn’t gotten his Visa approved yet.

      • Taylor

        August 18, 2011 at 9:58 am

        I believe Miyazawa already got his visa approved.
        I’d love to be in London around the Emirates on a match day to gauge the reactions of the Gunners supporters.

      • bill

        August 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm

        Injuries to gibbs and johan dijourou forced his hand, couldnt really be creative with subs

  6. Purdman

    August 18, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Sorry I feel bad about that last comment. Anyway, I think Arsenal needs a center back most of all.

  7. Purdman

    August 18, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I like how you started off your last paragraph with “in conclusion”. Classic beginning to a concluding paragraph.

  8. dlink09

    August 18, 2011 at 9:00 am

    another article about Arsenal,, don’t you lot get bored…

    • bill

      August 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      The situation at arsenal changes on a daily basis, so of course there is going to be a lot of articles about them. They are an extremely interesting team at the moment

    • The Gaffer

      August 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      dlink, I thought you were an Arsenal supporter?

      The Gaffer

  9. Señor Huba

    August 18, 2011 at 8:44 am

    largely agree…center half, and another, preferably large striker to give RVP someone to play off of.

  10. Harry Dolan

    August 18, 2011 at 8:34 am

    You really need to buy a centre half!!!! 20million for Per mertesaker… We have strength upfront with van persie (one of the top goalscorers) and in the midfield, song, wilshere ramsey, diaby, arshavin, walcott? All we really need is a defense.

    • TaylorD

      August 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      he only costs 6 mil

  11. Robert Hay

    August 18, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I disagree with your argument, and I will use the last two games (although they are a limited sample) as an illustration of why. Wilshere is a rising star but his scoring touch is far from developed, and asking him to fulfill a Cesc role leaves a hole in the middle of the field in terms of scoring. He works better as a link between Song and the forwards, where he can alternate between winning the ball and pushing it forward.

    Ramsey, for as bright of a talent as he is, is a few years removed from having his leg broken in half. He may get to that point some day, but it will take a little more time. While Arsenal may not need another Cesc, they do need someone who plays in the middle and can create scoring chances. At worst, they need a distributor who can find the wide players (the top 3 in a 4-3-3 or the wings in a 4-2-3-1) which Wilshere can be but leaves holes elsewhere .

    Very well argued article, so take all of this as a respectful disagreement, but I would focus on buying a forward/striker, central midfielder, holding midfielder, and centerback in that order.

    • emdoubleu

      August 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      I agree that arsenal don’t need another playmaker in the mid field. Its English football. Not la liga. Wilshere and Ramsey are creative enough but way better defensively and stronger than cesç. Formation change would spark arsenal. 4-3-3 is perfect for exsiting personnel. Will need another CB to strengthen our backline. Also, I would like to see a 4-1-2-1-2 with song shielding the backline. This would allow wilshere Ramsey. Rosicky and nasri replacement. Walcott and rvp up top.

  12. Keen observer

    August 18, 2011 at 7:57 am

    So, your idea for replacement is to not buy good players (Mata), but buy less expensive, B+ players? To win the league, you need A players. You are having a laugh if Parker is anything better than B+. IF he was, he would have played at Chelsea.

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