Monday, 25 July 2011

Cesc to stay or go? -£15m playmaker's exit route -Eboue's farewell party?

Morning Gooners.

This appears to be one of the most important weeks in the club's history as we look to set out our squad for the forthcoming season.

Key to this is the future of Cesc Fabregas. If, as many of the media organisations have already suggested, we have put a deadline on any possible deal with Barcelona of Friday, then the next few days will see it happen one way or another. The situation cannot be allowed to continue. It will destabilise the club's preparations for the forthcoming season more than it has done already.

If Barca haven't come up with the cash by Friday, we need to close the door on Cesc's departure for another season. It then leaves the manager with two weeks to do his business in the transfer window. Remember, the club's executives said this would be a busy summer and the manager himself said he would be "very active" in the transfer market. We've yet to see either.

The main reason it needs to be sorted is because with Cesc in the team, Arsene Wenger knows he will be able to sell Samir Nasri now rather than lose him for free next summer. It will also allow the manager to purchase the players we need to buy in order to have a successful season.

Ivan Gazidis needs to get a grip of this situation. I'm glad he's not been bullied in to selling Cesc on the cheap. But once the situation is resolved with Cesc, he needs to push the manager into action. If our captain does leave the manager cannot be allowed to wallow in the disappointment of losing our star player. He need to move on straight away and buy the best player he can to put the situation right.

Money should not be an object. We cannot hear when the window closes that we were close to signing Player X but weren't able to do the deal. This won't be good enough this summer. We've missed out on far to many player, who would have had a positive influence on the team by trying to scrimp and save. If we're failing to meet the sellers valuation by a million, let's increase our bid and do the deal. Excuses come September 1st will be very hard to take.

And Stan Kroenke needs to realise that us Gooners won't forget that under his leadership, the team are being pulled apart because of the lack of cash we have to compete with those who can afford a bigger transfer fee and higher wages. He needs to ensure he has a grip of the situation and should sanction whatever is necessary to make sure we're able to compete at the highest level is possible. Arsenal is too important an institution to be allowed to drift towards mediocracy. This is the American's first summer when he controls the majority of shares in the club. He can have a positive influence about what happens next.

And the reason this summer is more important than any other... our first five fixtures. With the Newcastle game less than three weeks away, we need to ensure our squad is ready from the get-go. We cannot afford early slip ups.

Theo Walcott has said the squad is well aware of what is expected of them early doors.

He said:
"We don’t have any time to bed in at all this season. We don’t expect any game to be easy but we will be ready when it comes. We want to start off well and we want to challenge for something this year."
Asked about the situation with Cesc and Samir, Walcott added:

"It is for the manager and the staff to answer whether the futures of Cesc and Samir get sorted out sooner rather than later.
"Samir is always in good spirits. He is very professional and he gets on with his job. He is playing for Arsenal and hopefully he will continue to do that. But only time will tell.
"Cesc is our captain. I think he has got a slight knock and he is working back at home getting fit."

I don't except all our transfer business won't be done before August 13. But I think the majority of it should be. We cannot be scrambling around on August 31st trying to haggle a couple of million of the fee of Gary Cahill from Bolton. But when the first five fixtures of the seaason could define it, everything should be available at the manager's disposal for him to ensure we qualify for the Champions League and get off to a good start in the league.

If Cesc stays - and I really hope he does- Nasri must be sold. The manager has said the rules on tapping up need to be tightened and when you have to read the same old rubbish coming out of Patrice Evra's mouth time and time again, I totally agree with him.

The manager has given the clearest indication yet of the player's he'll allow to leave the club. Nicklas Bentner, Manuel Almunia and now Emmanuel Eboue have been named as possible departures.

Wenger said:

"How many will leave the club? I said from the start I will fight to keep everybody. Bendtner might go. Eboue might go. They can talk to clubs, but the rest I will fight for.
"As for signings, it’s not the number, it’s the quality."

Galatasaray are reported to have offered us £4m for the Ivorian, who yesterday hosted a barbeque for some of the players who aren't in Germany. A sort of leaving do?

As well as Eboue, the Turkish club are linked with a move for Andrey Arshavin by The Times who say his agent will begin talks with the club today.

As for arrivals, Newcastle left back Jose Enrique has said enough to suggest his future in the north east could be sort with an outburst on twitter, as reported by the Daily Mail.

And finally, Arsenal Reserves and Youth take a look at the break up of the FA Youth Cup winning side, with the likelihood that Jay Emmanuel Thomas and Rhys Murphy could be about to leave the club.

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