Sad times… One of the most talented players to throw on an Arsenal shirt looks set to leave after one of the longest transfer drama’s since Nik Anelka, Ashley Cole or Chamakh!
A part of me is relieved. Relieved because this forces Wenger into a corner. He needs a total rethink about how we play. I think we’ve tried to build about three systems around Cesc, all have failed for one reason or the other. Now it’s time to revert back to good old fashioned power, pace and aggression.
Now it’s time to bring in a captain who sees the arm band as something more than a CV diamond. We can choose someone who can lift the team, maintain high standards on and off the pitch and stay with us for a decent period of time. If Robin won’t sign an extension, give it to Vermaelen… Simple as that, no messing around bribing non-committal players.
Ask yourself this… How many Captains have Chelsea and United had over the last few years? There’s something in that…
Wenger has to buy, Dan Roan from the BBC says he’s been told all the funds will be reinvested. Good job, they need to be to prevent a fan revolt. Buying a centre back we had the money for all summer won’t suffice. Buying Mata alone will also not satisfy, he was coming before he was deemed a replacement.
I’m pretty annoyed the best we could get for our captain is 6mill less up front than Newcastle got for Andy Carroll. That’s a poor deal for a player who will no doubt win the Balon D’or at some point.
Still, if we spend that plus the money we land for Nasri and actually end up with a more dynamic and hungry team we might surprise a few people.
We’re struggling for bodies at the moment. Jack Wilshere looks set to miss the opening two games, Aaron Ramsey picked up a calf injury for Wales and we’ve probably lost our two best players. It’s maddening that the board knew they’d end up bending over to Barca and instead of buying in replacements before the world knew we had a war chest bigger than Americas cash reserve… We’ve waited until after.
Lots of names are being thrown about. None are floating my boat. An injury prone Japanese player from Dortmund. A Marseille creator I’ve never seen. Eden Hazard again! We’re basically trying to replace Megan Fox at the Barnsely Tuesday night Fat Busters Club. I have no idea what Giltube and Wenger have up their sleeves…
Out of all this, always remember one thing, Arsenal are bigger than any player. We were great before Cesc arrived, we’ll be great after… He’ll never have the adulation he’s had at Arsenal, he’s a commodity now… One of many… We’ll work it out soon enough and hopefully when the Barca bubble bursts, we’ll be there to take over.
Blind faith? Absolutely…
So… Who makes sense to you? How do you feel about Cesc? Do you think Arsene can rescue this?
As always, let us know in the comments!
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