Saturday, 6 August 2011

Cesc Fabregas has disrespected Arsenal by his actions this summer

Morning Gooners.

Tonight the Arsenal play their last pre-season fixture before the 2011-12 season gets underway. The squad headed to Portugal without a number of key players. Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Laurent Koscielny haven't travelled. Nor have Jack Wilshere or Theo Walcott, both of whom are working their way back from injury. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela weren't on the plane either as they could all be leaving the club within the next week, the first two on permanent deals with Vela rumoured to be heading back to Spain on loan.

A party of 19 was announced by the official site. However their list doesn't include Kieran Gibbs who has travelled with his team mates. It does include Henri Lansbury, Ignasi Miquel and Ryo Miyaichi, who has still to win a work permit.

The omission of Nasri, according to the Daily Mirror, is down to a bust-up with Arsene Wenger. The player didn't train with his team mates at Members Day and L'Equipe say the manager is now more open to doing a deal which would allow Arsenal to cash in on Nasri. It wouldn't be wise to play the Frenchman prior to selling him, just in case he did get injured.

As for Fabregas, tellingly the manager has said he's not injured but not fit enough to play. This is basically down to Fabregas choosing not to be ready in time to play for Arsenal in the coming season. He's deliberately not been training with his team mates and this has been the case for the majority of the summer coming up with excuses for why he can't train. He has a hamstring injury or a hip injury, neither of which could be medically proven. He only rejoined up with the rest of the first team very recently having taken part in Members Day and training yesterday, where he was photographed extensively.

He didn't go on the pre-season tour of Asia, nor to the training camp in Germany and now he's been left at home when he should have been in Portugal with his team mates. Spot a pattern developing here?

Opinion within the club about Fabregas is at an all time low. His attitude is far from professional and frankly it stinks. His agent Darren Dien has expressed his clients wishes to the Arsenal executive, that Cesc doesn't want to play for Arsenal again and won't (until he has to when the window has closed). The manager said last night, Cesc won't be available for the start of the season. Which you have to assume means there is very little chance he could play for Arsenal in August at all, especially if he's not getting himself fit.

He's done so much wrong but Wenger is still trying to keep him or in reality making sure the club do nothing which would work against us when Barcelona come knocking with a bid of £30m + £5m in add ons, which frankly for a player of Fabregas' quality is a joke.

There is a real possibility though that Cesc could still be an Arsenal player come September 1st if his buddies at Barcelona don't come up with the £40m which would allow him to leave. Chairman Peter Hill-Wood has said so much in an interview with the Daily Star.

Wenger said earlier in last month that all three parties needed to be happy about the deal. At the moment Arsenal are the only ones who aren't happy and Barcelona are doing very little to try and achieve our happiness about doing a deal. Fabregas and the Catalans have been working together all summer to make sure that they hammer Arsenal's valuation lower and lower. The player's tactics have been to be disruptive and to only do things which are good for his own self interests. From a public relations point of view, he's played a blinder. Turning up for Members Day, running around and kicking a few footballs. Everything we see is a show for us. But from what I'm told behind the scenes it is very different.

Other members of the first team are very disappointed with his attitude as are the back room staff. Like walking out of the stadium at half time durning the Emirates Cup first day and not even bothering to show up for the second. It wasn't denied by the club because it was true. The club could have fined him for that, but where would it have got them?

Cesc hasn't spoken out about wanting to leave. He hasn't had to because of his actions behind the scenes have told the club everything they need to know. And he wouldn't want to lose out on the £4m he'll make from Arsenal as a golden goodbye should Barcelona ever come up with the £40m it would take to make his wish to return to Spain come true.

I have to agree with the Arsenal Supporters Trust's Tim Payton when he said on TalkSport last night that Cesc should give up the £4m compensation if he really wants to leave. That would help smooth over the situation especially as Barcelona are struggling to come up with a fee which would entice Arsenal to sell.

Can Cesc remain Arsenal captain if he doesn't get his dream move back to Spain? I'd guess us Gooners will have a part to play in that decision. If Cesc gets booed, it makes his position untenable. He can't really lead a team which no longer respects him as a man, although he is still a fantastic player.

Away from the Fabregas situation, yesterday we were drawn against Udinese in the Champions League qualifier which will take place on August 16 (H) and August 24 (A). I don't think getting past them will be an easy task at all. We'll be without Robin van Persie for the first leg and also, provided they are still Arsenal players, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas.

Some more positive news to end with. The Sun are reporting we're on the verge of completing the signing of Joel Campbell for £900,000.

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