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Cesc Time to Go

Another transfer window means will Cesc go or will he stay.  This is become repetitive and tedious.  Many Arsenal fans are sick and tired of the annual Barcelona attempt to poach our captain for nothing!

Last summer was the summer we all thought Cesc would leave, he even asked to leave and told Arsene to his face he wanted to leave, or so the stories go.  Fabregas was too clever to go public and risk the wrath of the Arsenal fans.  When he never got his move he knuckled down and turned in a mediocre performance for most of the season, culminating in his pathetic flick at the Nou Camp that turned the tie against Arsenal.

Barcelona have made it clear they only has €45M to spend on all players this summer, knowing that this sum is not enough to prise away the former player from Arsenal.  This claim of poverty does not stop Barcelona trying to buy Guiseppe Rossi for €35M.

There has been talk of Barcelona offer £30M plus two players, but Guardiolla is reluctant to let any of his youngsters leave the Nou Camp, in case they turn out like Cesc and it costs Barcelona £30M to bring each one back “home”.  The Barcelona board are sick and tired of Pep’s annual obsession with Cesc and his reluctance to offer players in exchange to make the deal happen.

From Arsenal’s perspective we have heard that Wenger wants to keep Cesc, he has stated that his captain has a long contract and is not going anywhere.  Many supporters however, suspect that a gentleman’s agreement was struck last summer between Cesc and Wenger in that Fabregas will be allowed to leave this summer if the offer meets Arsenal’s valuation.

Cesc is playing a blinder this summer.  He is saying all the right things, “I just know that I am very happy where I am, if I tell you more I would be lying to you. Anything else would be speculation that is untrue because at this moment I have nothing else to add except that I am an Arsenal player and I’m very happy there.”

Cesc put the ball firmly in Wenger’s court, “There have been no decisions. It doesn’t always depend on the player and at the moment I don’t know anything.”

“I am in a very difficult position. I am not going to talk so that a transfer happens. I think I made a mistake last year, because then things happened as they did, and you learn from mistakes,” he said in reference to last year’s attempt to bounce the club into selling him.

It is clear to everyone that Cesc would like to leave and leave this summer.  If this was not the case he should come out and say that he wants to honour the remainder of his contract unless the club decides to sell him.  That would end all speculation, but we know that will never happen.

What is the best outcome for Arsenal?

Arsenal have reached a crossroads with Cesc, we cannot allow this saga to continue every summer and because of the financial muscle being flexed this summer by AC Milan and Inter Milan and the interest that Real Madrid have registered in Fabregas, Arsenal should sell Cesc to the highest bidder.  A fee of £50M is not out of the question and it will flush out Barcelona’s real intentions. Arsenal can then present the various options to Cesc and tell him to either choose one of these clubs or sign a new extension to his contract and get a public statement from Cesc that he is committing his future to the club.

It is time Arsenal started to call the tune in the Cesc saga, not Barcelona who think they are entitled to Cesc on the cheap as he was one of their former players that we poached (something Barcelona have just done to Leeds United with Elliot Kebbie).

If Cesc goes there will not be many tears at the Emirates as we are sick and tired of this annual saga, plus in Wilshere we have a player that will be better than Cesc.


Adebayor On The Way Out

The silence has been deafening from the Emirates.  The silence that is, to deny that Adebayor is not leaving the club.

 In the past and we can look at Vieira, every season he was with us, Henry for the last three season, Cesc last two seasons and even Adebayor last season, Wenger was very vocal in telling everyone that these players were going nowhere.

 On the flip side when Overmars, Petit, Henry and Hleb all moved to Barcelona and when Vieira moved to Juventus, there was silence from the Arsenal chief.

 There are striking similarities with the Adebayor saga of this summer… silence.  Adebayor has, after his agent indicating the need to speak to Wenger, made it known he sees himself at Arsenal next season, but he does not know what the manager wants.  Well if Wenger has not assured Adebayor of his future and the striker has left it all in the air, then it can only mean that Arsene is contemplating selling the big man.

 There were rumours of a Chelsea bid; these have increased as Ancelotti has become Chelsea’s manager.  We do not know if Ancelotti is a fan of Adebayor, but it is no secret that AC Milan were interested last summer, but they spent their budget on Ronaldinho. Wenger has not poured any cold water on these stories by stating that he is easy with selling a player to Chelsea.  In fact in recent seasons we have bought Gallas and Diarra from Chelsea, whilst selling Ashley Cole.  Adebayor will only happen if Drogba leaves, otherwise Ancelotti will be left with three main strikers and they will probably play with one out and out striker.

 Stories are today emerging of a £15 million bid from AC Milan.  Well a few weeks ago Wenger would have agreed to this, but knowing that AC Milan are about to receive £56.2 million, then I can see Arsenal play hardball over this.  Not the actual sale, as I believe this is a done deal, but the fee.  Arsenal will probably try and settle at a joint fee of £25 million for both Adebayor and Senderos.

 Such a fee will give Arsene a good budget to go out and strengthen the team.  With £10 million anticipated to be spent on bringing Thomas Vermaelen to the club, this leaves £15 million to spend on one or two more players, plus whatever budget he was given by the board.

 What is for sure is that Wenger does not have the desire to hold on to Adebayor.  This season proved to Arsene what he suspected that the 2007/08 season was an “exceptional” season for Adebayor.

Milan Look at Arsenal Pair

With little football at the moment, newspapers and websites like to delve into the realms of transfer rumours. It is no surprise that Arsenal are at the forefront of these speculations with AC Milan “rumoured” to be preparing two summer bids, one for Clichy and the other for Adebayor. One player who will not be wearing the colours of rossonieri is Senderos who will be sent back from his loan spell.


It was also revealed that Arsenal turned down a £17m bid for Clichy in January from moneybags Manchester City.


Clichy did the normal, I am flattered by the interest, but I have a contract at Arsenal. I have been very critical of Clichy this season and believe that Arsenal’s long-term left back is not Clichy. Unfortunately, our two possible replacements are too young. Traore is undergoing an apprenticeship as a left-winger. Kierran Gibbs is great going forward, but needs more work in how to defend against quality. I believe that in the long run he can become a top left back. Wenger knows that neither Gibbs nor Traore are ready to step up to become our permanent left back. Clichy is young enough for Wenger to realise that this will not be the last time that the big Italians or Spanish teams will come knocking at the door enquiring about our left back.


Adebayor is a different kettle of fish. Milan were close to signing him, but with the uncertainties over van Persie’s fitness, Eduardo out injured and Bendtner and Vela being novices, it was natural that Arsenal would not sell Adebayor.


Things have moved on since the summer, Adebayor is not playing with the same enthusiasm; van Persie and Eduardo are fit and scoring whilst Bendtner has shown good form of late. Wenger might be tempted; or rather, he should jump at it, should anyone offer anywhere near £20m. Adebayor’s behaviour recently has not helped, despite being injured for club, he is prepared to fly to Africa and represent Togo. This has not gone down well with Wenger, and could be the final straw as far as Wenger is concerned.


It would not be a disaster if Wenger sold Adebayor and invested the money in a real goalscorer, whilst Clcihy still has a job to do for us for two more seasons. 



Is Wenger a Good Poker Player?

Wenger has not been rushing into the transfer market; his two forays have produced Nasri and Ramsey. Wenger is cool student of football politics. Whilst others have been bleating in the press, Wenger has remained silent and his silence will now pay-off.

AC Milan wanted Adebayor but Wenger resisted the calls from San Siro, knowing that AC Milan did not have the money to buy Adebayor. AC Milan went on record as saying it was Ronaldinho (£14M) or Adebayor (£24M), not both. AC Milan have bought Ronaldinho and earlier also bought Zambrotta from Barcelona, unless they sell a few players or offer Arsenal cash plus two or three players, AC Milan are no longer in the transfer market. This leaves only Barcelona as a possible destination for Arsenal’s want way striker. This, however, is not as easy as it sounds. Barcelona have spent big this summer on Alves and Keita from Sevilla and Caceres from Villareal for a combined total of £50M, they are only about to complete the Hleb signing due to the sale of Ronaldinho. Any move for Adebayor will have to involve players plus cash and Barcelona are only offering Eto’o, whilst Arsene Wenger wants Yaya Toure as part of any deal.

Liverpool have been tracking Gareth Barry openly in the press, this has annoyed Martin O’Neil who has increased the price to £18M. Liverpool did not have the finances to buy Barry and were relying on the sale of Alonso to Juventus for £16M to help facilitate this move. Juventus have signed Poulsen from Sevilla for £7.6M and have announced that they have closed their transfer book. This leaves Liverpool with Alonso and no money, leaving the way open for Wenger to approach O’Neil and settle the Barry move to Arsenal for less than £18M plus Hoyte.

The departure of Juventus from the transfer market allows Arsene to contact Udinese over the transfer of Columbian defender Zapata. Arsenal made one approach earlier this summer, but Udinese turned this down in the hope that Juventus will come in with a higher bid, this now looks unlikley leavign Arsene a clear run for the highly
rated Columbina central defender.

Wenger’s slow, quiet and calculated approach to the transfer market could see the arrival of Barry from Aston Villa and Zapatta from Udinese for a combined outlay of £25M, and Adebayor signing a new extended contract all by the end of July.