Well, it had been coming. Despite all the fight and bite we have shown over the last 12 months, arguably the only situation we had previously shown any fighting spirit over in recent times, one of European football’s most inevitable transfers is upon us. Having learnt that Cesc Fàbregas would not play again last season following his late withdrawal from the victory against Champions United, you just felt that his turn-out during the tame 2-1 defeat at the Reebok Stadium could very well be his last.
At the time of writing, it is understood that Silent Stan is willing to sanction a deal to rescue Cesc from his homesick hell in a deal anywhere between £35 and £40 million, the upper bound of that range well acceptable considering the grand scheme of things if you ask me.
On the face of it, and with Manchester United currently showing no mercy in their spending, it will simply reek of a situation where everyone is looking to strengthen whilst we ubiquitously whither away thanks to the irresponsible and facile actions of those who run us.
And, having suddenly opened my eyes to that dark tunnel that we are being led down ever since that dark day out in Wembley, I am more than tempted to believe that.
But, I won’t. Instead, I’ll give Arsène Wenger et al the benefit of the doubt. Just this once.
With reports predicting Wenger’s transfer warchest at anywhere between £40 and £60 million already, I fully expect to see the vast bulk of that money, as well as any money made from Cesc’s potential sale, into investment. Top class investment.
The sort of player investment that has, not fully, but indeed gone a long way in helping shepherd Cesc closer to the exit door having cried out for quality time and again for a good number of years.
Wenger is in absolutely no doubt that his relationship with the supporters is as low as ever; to win their trust back will involve a serious review into faltering policies, and an even more serious strengthening campaign. With the uncharacteristic quiet of the manager and the Club’s irritating quiet in the market thus far, it is unfathomable to think that there will be no action as far as player ins are concerned. Unless of course our archaic board of tight-arse financial geeks and Wenger are trying for an outpouring of anger, that is!
Who we will get and when, well that’s anybody’s guess, so I see no point in going over the different individuals splattered across the web and various tabloids at this stage (although I do have preferences, as well as reservations, over some of whom have been linked).
And of course there is Jack Wilshere. Oh and one Aaron Ramsey. Young, committed to the cause and full of bundles of talent, those two vying for the engine room are a tiny reminder that Wenger hasn’t totally lost it, not just yet! Not to mention Samir Nasri, who will stay put I feel regardless of Cesc’s future.
Put simply, and I have said this before last season, though not as vociferously, the situation with Cesc can only be a win-win for us. Keep him and we retain our best playmaking asset and save ourselves the bother of adapting with the loss of yet another star. But sell him and we see ourselves lift the spectre of Cesc’s demonstrative desires for departure that loom over us year in, year out. And make a good bit of cash out of it to strengthen elsewhere.
Perhaps the only source of sorrow when it does finally happen will be that of the regretful sense of unfinished business, him having been the very face of Wenger’s unfulfilled project. But that’s for another day.
Whatever happens, restraint and speed of thought are required. And while we may yet see Cesc donning the famous red and white again with the Southeast Asia tour around the corner, I wouldn’t bet on it.
For me, it certainly does seem to be a sad yet probably right for all case of adios.
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