I'm not even remotely suggesting that Cesc Fabregas can, should or will be re-signed. So don't go there.
But what I am saying is this: Arsenal scored 95 goals (besides own goals) in all competitions in 2011-12—their first season without Cesc, their creative genius. In the previous four campaigns, they got 114, 109, 109 and 110. No mere coincidence, in my opinion.
And I'm not sure what you think, but I believe that Cesc's position, that of the Trequartista, or playmaker, represents the only significant vacuum in Arsene Wenger's current squad. That is, assuming nobody significant other than Robin Van Persie leaves.
I believe Wojciech Szczesny is—or will soon be—world class. We're probably a little suspect at left back, but otherwise our defensive unit is excellent. That said, what I believe we do need is some really good defensive coaching.
Our midfield has quality and depth—remember, we missed Abou Diaby and Jack Wilshere for all of last season—and up front, the acquisitions of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud give us world class quality.
In addition, there is a fantastic group of young players at Arsenal, many of whom show all the signs of being potential stars of tomorrow.
However, what we are missing is that one genius, that one magician—a visionary who can create something out of nothing or a highly skilled player who can do it all himself. A type of player we have been blessed with throughout the Arsene Wenger era, be it Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires or Cesc Fabregas. Theo Walcott and Gervinho do this in flashes, but that isn't good enough.
The problem, though, is that such players are not easy to find. And even if they do exist and are available, they are normally priced beyond the reach of Arsenal's finances.
This summer, however, there might well be a few trequartistas available on the market, and with the financial flexibility that Ivan Gazidis has promised to enable, the club might actually be able to land themselves one.
Go on, feast your eyes....