Despite the miserably poor weather in North London yesterday, Arsenal were still able to host an open training session for fans at Emirates Stadium, as part of the traditional Member’s Day.
Arsenal were also set to take the new official squad photo, but a downpour of rain prevented the club from doing so. Much to the delight of myself, and Arsenal Wenger too I’m sure, the squad photo will have to wait. The embarrassment has been avoided.
Thankfully, we will now have the luxury of having a squad photo, where every player will actually be playing for us!
Cesc Fabregas has always been linked with Barcelona, ever since he introduced himself onto the global stage of world class footballers. Despite years of interest from Barca, Cesc has avoided the move, and still holds onto the Arsenal armband.
However, it appears that this could be the summer that finally sees the Arsenal skipper leave for the Camp Nou.
At this moment in time, it remains unclear whether Cesc was on today’s plane for tomorrow’s game with Benfica. With the Premier League season only a week away from kicking off, Arsenal travelled to Portugal this afternoon for the club’s final match of this pre-season. Ultimately, it could also be Fabregas’ last appearance in an Arsenal shirt too.
But Cesc is not the only one that seems to want a move away from The Gunners. After a summer of apparent hesitation, Samir Nasri looks like he could be leaving Arsenal this summer, in a move that will see him move to Manchester – the latest reports are suggesting that “Gunners sources” have stated that both Cesc and Samir will leave North London this summer.
Will they both stay? I don’t know.
Do I want them to stay? Of course. But only if their minds are in the right place.
If they’re not going to continue to play for Arsenal with 100% commitment, distracted by lucrative offers coming in from the other major European clubs (and for now, Manchester City), then we should flog them now, as much as it pains me to say it – assuming we can get the appropriate transfer fees, obviously.
Like I will always say, no player is bigger than the club.
There also comes a time where a player must move on, and I am starting to admit that the time is approaching for Cesc – not so much for Nasri though. For an entire footballing career, he’s hardly set the world alight. But don’t get me wrong, I hope that he signs a new contract at Arsenal and doesn’t leave this summer, in such a disappointingly premature fashion.
For me, these two players have to decide on their futures now. Both stories have both dragged on for long enough now, and I’m sure all Arsenal fans can’t take any more.
Some segments of the media seem to always say that every summer, Arsenal are entering “turmoil”, due to their star players apparently wanting out.
But as we’ve seen, we still remain a top 4 club. Liverpool have dropped out, despite spending hundreds of millions of pounds. Tottenham also miss out this season, after being ‘replaced’ by Manchester City. They too have spent a fortune, compared to us.
Despite all our critics throughout the last 6 years, we are still a big club. However, I will admit that I’m starting to get a little apprehensive about this season’s campaign – attending the Emirates Cup last weekend really didn’t help either!
Time is running out to fix things with signings, but I won’t rule out Arsene Wenger signing more new players, until the clock hits midnight on September 1st.
Update: According to ESPN, Cesc Fabregas has NOT travelled to Portugal. Quite literally, all the roads are pointing to Barcelona for Cesc now…