By 1970’s Gooner
I made a plea to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal Football Club right at the beginning of the Fabregas transfer saga.
“Say it loud, say it clear Mr Wenger: “Fabregas is going nowhere” was the title of my post.
I was desperate that a clear and definitive statement should come out of the official Arsenal or Wenger’s lips stating categorically that this transfer was definitely not on.
And thankfully, albeit belatedly, we got it today.
“…yesterday evening we received an offer from Barcelona for Cesc and in response, we immediately and resolutely told them once again that we have no intention of selling our captain.
'To be clear, we will not make any kind of counter-proposal or enter into any discussion. Barcelona have publicly stated that they will respect our position and we expect that they will keep their word.”
The chances of Arsenal selling Fabregas this season have now diminished.
Yet it can be reversed if Cesc himself turns against the club that nurtured him since he was 16 and against Wenger to whom he owes pretty much everything in his football life. It would also require a massively improved offer from Barcelona of say around the 50m to 60m mark.
The probability of these two factors occurring is pretty low in my opinion. Cesc has said that he will leave the whole matter to Wenger himself and that he fully trusts him. Also Barcelona have already paid out 42 m for Villa. They have limited resources left to go into a heavy bidding war for Cesc.
But I feel that all these goings on are clear indicators that this season will most probably be Cesc’s last in an Arsenal shirt. Unless….
Unless Wenger realizes that now is his last opportunity to really build a competitive team around his most precious footballer.
That now, this summer, is the time to go out and buy those quality players that will make a difference and propel this club back into title winning performances and Premier league domination.
Let’s pay the right price for a quality goalkeeper, for another two central defenders and for another defensive midfielder. Not stingily buy geriatrics or kids and ask them to perform way above their level.
Let’s go for it NOW, because next season WILL be too late. The bird will have flown out of its nest…