By 1970’s Gooner
Fabregas’s departure, if it materialises, would be the final nail in the coffin of Arsene Wenger’s football model of development.
As reiterated on this blog on many occasions in the past this model of football development needs two vital ingredients to stay firmly cemented in place if it is to succeed.
The first is to strike and then keep in place the right blend between talented and technically gifted youth alongside experienced and hardened professionals.
In this way the team can be competitive against the more hardened teams at the top of the League, win trophies and at the same time bring on the youngsters under the guidance of the more experienced players to full football fruition.
A bit like Manchester United.
This Wenger has failed to do. He let or was not able to keep through stinginess and probably stubbornness (in not granting more than one year extensions to players over 30) experienced players who could have provided such a balance.
Players like Pires, Flamini and Hleb from the recent past. And if you want to go back a few years, remember Edu?
He left because Wenger and Dein tried to play hard when his contract extension was up for renewal. If he had stayed I have no doubt we would have won the league again at that time…
The second element is the need to keep the stars of the team while releasing the more aged players who have had their best years at the club, often at remunerative transfer fees.
Players like Vieira and Henry left leaving behind their best football years fetching about 15m each.
This policy keeps the finances in a healthy position ready to buy the next bunch of stars of the future. Players like Ramsey, Wilshere will be and like Fabregas once was.
Vieira, Henry, Overmars and Petit all, of course wanted out – but they were either 30 or approaching 30.
Which brings us to Cesc. If he leaves he will be leaving just at the time when he will be reaching his prime. He is only 24 and will be the youngest star to want out.
This past season has been Fabregas’s best.
Wenger pushed him just in front of two holding midfielders and granted him the freedom to roam in support of a main central striker. And he has excelled, providing more assists than any other player in the Premier League and scoring 19 goals!
Fabregas’s departure would give the message that Arsenal will for ever be a work in progress, getting near but not near enough, often clobbered by more street wise hardened opponents.
If you want to win titles and glory then don’t go to Arsenal….
In this coming season we are likely to see a physically and mentally more mature Fabregas ready to become a truly world star.
But will we? Is Wenger going to stand up to Barcelona, the money men, the Board and more importantly the player himself and say it loud and clear:
YOU ARE GOING NOWHERE