Have I lost my mind?
Cesc Fabregas is as much the son of Arsenal as he is the son of Barcelona. However much as we want to proclaim that his success and his talent was nurtured by us, I feel that he is not truly committed to Arsenal.
I fail to recall how many times he has been linked to a move away from the Emirates to his native country to either Barcelona or Real Madrid, and on each occasion he has failed to answer definitively that he is staying.
I am not saying a player should stay for the sake of of just staying. The two Spanish teams are massive, however Arsenal are in a building mode and the project needs committed and loyal servants.
Sadly I feel that Cesc cannot be counted on beyond this season. It will be sad to lose him but Arsenal will move on. We would hate to have another Adebayor situation.
But this gloomy set of news brings with it some good fortune.
Arsenal is blessed with a very gifted and young talent and in the eventuality of Cesc leaving, which might not be too faraway, the rest of the crop will come to the fold.
Song, Diaby, and Denilson, I believe will probably serve Arsenal better as a unit as opposed to the team being dictated to by a singular midfielder, one which when it cracks or is missing meaning the whole structure suffers.
Is it then any coincidence then than no sooner had Arsenal lost Cesc that we started performing more as a collective creative force whereas previously everything had to flow through the young Spaniard.
The effect which one might term the "Thierry Henry Effect."
I figure that with Cesc this is how Arsenal will have to line up, a line quite similar in structure to the previous Arsenal where Viera, Petit, Parlour used to operate. It will be a midfield which combines brute force and creativity of young minds.
Clichy keeps the left side provided Milan doesn't prove tempting enough, though a certain Gibbs might not mind too much, with central defenders being by force or necessity Gallas/Senderos and Toure/Djourou and the right occupied by Sagna, a position that Wenger will have to either recruit or revert Eboue back to.
This is where I am expecting to receive a lot of stick.
With Cesc gone I figure that Arsenal will have to play a 4-5-1 system. Song and Diaby will be the primary defence baby sitters though Diaby who has shown to have a some inkling of creativity might be pushed forward to cover the space vacated by the link, Denilson. So Denilson would become the go-to-guy.
Remembering that already the young Brazilian has been doing defensive duties this season, when he is then moved to his preferred attacking he will offer not only creativity but also the ability to cover space and defend.
The right wing will be occupied by Walcott/Arshavin and the left by Arshavin/Nasri.
Alternatively Denilson could remain in his current DM position which then means Nasri takes the CAM spot with Song either dropping to the bench or dislodging one of the central defenders and we know the boy can defend a bit.
RVP retains the spot. Though Bendtner might claim to play better with his back against the goal but arsenal are not a target man team, so he remains on the bench until needed. If RVP moves to the wing as he does for Netherlands then Arsenal might just have to buy Villa of Valencia or move the fast improving Mexican Vela upfront.
So as you see, the loss of Cesc might be the tonic the team needs if Arsenal as a team are to realise their potential. Why do you think?