Friday, 14 June 2013

Fabregas to Arsenal: The elephant in the room -Are we selling Gervinho?

Morning Gooners

The rumours have been doing the rounds for a couple of weeks. Those of Cesc Fabregas making a return to England. At first I thought nothing of it. He's only been at Barcelona for two seasons after a protractive move which burnt a few bridges with fans because of his refusal to play in pre-season for us, despite being under contract.

I wrote about the situation at the time a lot. Cesc would only train in the gym at London Colney and wouldn't take part in team sessions. He didn't fly to Asia with the team and then in August on Members Day when the annual team photograph is taken, it was postponed at the 11th hour - because of rain, but would Fabregas have been in it?

There was a lot of ill feeling brought about by his actions. But to justify them, he had been made promises by the club which they hadn't been able to deliver on. Barcelona weren't helping because they weren't prepared to meet the fee we'd set for him to be sold. It was a mess and I don't think Cesc was totally responsible for it all.

All that being said, would I welcome back Cesc if we signed him? With open arms. I'd love to see him playing for Arsenal again. And sooner rather than later.

However the player himself has been keen to tell everyone who'll listen that he's happy at Barcelona and wants to stay there.

Yesterday he gave an interview to Marca, the Spanish newspaper.

He said:
"I’ve always said that I’m happy at Barca. Whoever says that I’m leaving doesn’t know me and has never spoken with me. 
"Nor have they spoken with my agent, because he knows I don’t want him to talk with other people about me. 
"I’m very private and I don’t even talk about these things with my family. 
"If someone says anything that isn’t that I want to play at Barca, it’s completely absurd."
Now I'm brought back to the interview Sky Andrew gave TalkSPORT on Sunday where he said there was normally no smoke without fire when it came to transfer rumours.

And the elephant in the room that no one is talking about is Fabregas' personal circumstances. They've changed a lot in the last few months. He became a father for the first time in April and that could potentially make a huge impact in his professional life and where he plays football next season.

His girlfriend Daniella is going through a messy divorce. She's based in London with the children she gave birth to from a previous relationship.  So it wouldn't be at all strange for Cesc to want to move back to London to watch his daughter growing up.

I think there is too much smoke about to make this be just a rumour without substance. Arsene Wenger has said previously that  Cesc will return to the club. Perhaps after two seasons away is a little soon, but it could happen. Watch this space.

Elsewhere, according to the Daily Mail Marseille have confirmed their interest in signing Gervinho.

The French club's assistant coach Franck Passi said:
"This is a profile that interests us, yes. We want flank players, with dribbling, passing and scoring and Gervinho has this profile"

There is certainly going to be transfers out of the club and space is going to be needed to be made in the attacking areas.

We've got Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Gervinho, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla who can all play in those roles.

Personally I'd like to see Gervinho given another season. He offers us something none the other players give us... unpredictability. He'd be a great impact player from the bench.

That's it for today. Back with more tomorrow.

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