Arsenal can’t cope without Cesc…do me a favour!

With the seemingly impending sale of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona there seems to be panic that Arsenal are going to collapse without him, but aren’t Arsenal more than a one-man team?

Although any team in the world would love to have a player of his quality in the side, he isn’t irreplaceable and many teams are successful without a Fabregas-type player in their side, like Chelsea for instance. Arsenal also have many other class players like Sagna, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Nasri, van Persie and Clichy, so they still have a solid foundation there. Arsene Wenger will definitely need to add to his squad in the summer, but as he has already promised to spend money and he will generate more money from the sale of Fabregas then he will have a lot to spend on quality players.

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes that one of Arsenal’s players could step up and take Fabregas’ place.

He said: “It would be a massive loss, but one player does not run the club. Ronaldo was one of the biggest players for Manchester United, they sold him and then one of the other players has to step up, as Wayne Rooney did last season.

If any team can cope with losing one of its star players then its Arsenal, everyone panicked when Thierry Henry left the club in 2007, but the team pulled together and haven’t missed his goals at all. There will either be a player that can step up and fill the void left by Fabregas like Nasri or Wilshere or Arsenal will bring in somebody.

Nasri is good enough to take his place and although he hasn’t quite yet reached Fabregas’ levels, if he was given the responsibility to take his place then he could be just as effective or even better. As for Wilshere he probably needs another year or two out on loan, but the best thing that Wenger could do is keep him at Arsenal for pre-season and see how he does in friendlies and training. It’s possible that the six months he spent at Bolton have added more to his game and he might prove to be too good in pre-season for Wenger to loan him out.

If Wenger does feel the need to make a signing to replace Fabregas then there are many potential candidates out there such as Felipe Melo, Diego, Arteta and Blaise Matuidi. But the best player for the role would be Bordeaux’s Yoann Gourcuff, the French midfielder has established himself as a top player in France and many believe that he has filled the void that Zidane left in the French national side. The 23-year-old midfielder would fit perfectly into Arsenal’s existing system and has a good adaptability about him for other systems.

Whoever is chosen as the ‘heir to Fabregas’ will no doubt be an excellent player and with Wenger proving he can replace players in the past such as Henry, Bergkamp and Pires, Arsenal fans have nothing to worry about next season.

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