By 1970’s Gooner
What the hell am I talking about you may wonder.
It looks very likely that Cesc’s transfer to Barca is now definitely on as reports from Spain indicate that the two sides have been in talks thrashing out a deal, which could be finalised as early as Friday.
And Arsenal are now resigned to the sensible (financially speaking) decision to off load want away Nasri to Man City for what is very likely to be for an exorbitant amount of money for a player with only one year left on his contract.
I consider the above very good news.
Firstly, if both players had stayed they would have been reluctant players finding it difficult to raise themselves up for the on coming campaign. Proof of this was the slump in both players form during the second half of the season.
They would have unavoidably infected the rest of the dressing room too with very predictable negative consequences on the performance of the team on the pitch.
Secondly, a significant amount of money, around 55 to 60 million would find its way into the Arsenal coffers which may mean that Arsene can now, if he so wishes, go on to put significant bids for new players. And this may explain the reason why he has been somewhat inactive so far.
The question is will he?
It is now too late to get new players in to replace these two in time for the Champions League games against Udinese.
So, and this is likely, will he and the Board decide to keep the money to tidy things over just in case of Champions League elimination….