Thursday, 16 June 2011

Wenger to sign Cesc's mate? - Nasri Bosman deal - Striker/goalkeeper speculation

Morning Gooners.

It appears summer has certainly arrived. There are the obvious signs. Rain during the grass tennis court season, men wearing shorts which show off their pale white legs, Gianluigi Buffon being linked with the Arsenal and a transfer saga involving our captain.

Cesc Fabregas flew into Spain for the launch of some fragrance and any talk of the product he was trying to help promote quickly finished when the journalists from the fashion and beauty media where forced to sit through questions about the Arsenal man's footballing future.

It was the first time since the end of the season we'd heard from Cesc and I have to admit I'm more positive that he'll be an Arsenal player come the start of the season. We know the manager wants to keep him at the club, so not dancing to the tune of the Spanish press yesterday and declaring he won't speak out to seek a move elsewhere has firmly put the ball in Barcelona's court.

Fabregas said:
"Barcelona are the best team in the world and going there guarantees titles. Any player who says he is not frustrated at not winning titles is lying. I am ambitious. But I owe myself to Arsenal. I have not spoken to the manager – he is the boss, he takes decisions and I don't know if they want to sell me or not.
"Everyone sees things in a different way but in these decisions, not everything depends on the player. I am not going to talk about any team but I can't say no to anyone because you never know what could happen in the future. If I said anything else it would be a lie, it would give rise to speculation that is not true.
"I have values and after all that I have lived in eight years I am not going to say a word that would ruin everything. I have always acted with discretion. I am very happy at Arsenal."
What I love about Cesc is that he's a class act. He won't be led down any cul-de-sac by his interviewer which leaves him little room to reverse. He left his future open and fluid but in no way did he disrespect the fans who have supported him for the last eight years. Those fans who sang "we've got Cesc Fabregas" at the Barca supporters at the Grove in such gusto.

He's proud to be an Arsenal player. Thankful to both the club and Arsene Wenger for giving him the opportunity to develop into Europe's best midfielder. Personally I can see him staying to the end of his contract in 2015. If he doesn't wish to renew his deal, I can see Wenger holding on to him and letting him leave on a free transfer because he is so valuable to his team.

However we all know situations can change quickly. If say Barca were prepared to meet Arsenal's valuation of the player then I still think he may leave this summer. But I can't see the Spanish champions have any intention of doing that. They expect Arsenal to give in to their derisory offers because Fabregas was trained at their academy. Someone should tell Senor Rosell that's not how business works.

I do wonder whether the reason we've been linked with a move for Sebastian Larsson could be on one level to surround Cesc with some of his friends. I think most Gooners are of the opinion that Tomas Rosicky has played his last game for the club and will probably be moved on before  the start of the season. And as Rosicky is Cesc's best friend in the squad, could Wenger bring in Larsson to give Cesc a new comfort blanket? Stranger things have happened.

A player who has yet to sign a new deal is Samir Nasri, who like Rosicky, Almunia and Clichy has entered the final 12 months of his deal.

There is talk in the Independent that Nasri will not sign a new deal but stay until the end of the season at Arsenal and then decide on his future, leaving on a Bosman in all likelihood. It would be a blow to lose him for nothing, just as he is entering the years where we can expect to see the best of him. Will Arsenal allow it to happen? That depends on Nasri's resolve. Arsenal have offered him improved terms on numerous occasions, so why should we expect him to put pen to paper now?

My gut reaction is more positive than a week ago. I still think Arsene Wenger can persuade him to sign a new deal. But if those talks don't prove to be conclusive and Nasri still hasn't signed a new deal, I think we will try to sell him to an Italian club.

The Daily Mirror have linked us with a move for Jermain Defoe. I know we're going to need another striker but I don't think the Tottenham man is the one we'll go for. Plus if Arsene Wenger has any plans to play Theo Walcott centrally won't Defoe halt that progress?

The Times report Emiliano Viviano, the Bologna and Italy goalkeeper, has been offered to us. And the Independent say Patrick Vieira is looking for a new challenge after not being offered a new deal at Manchester City.

And finally, the club have announced another pre-season friendly. This time the team are heading to Portugal to play Benfica on August 6.

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