If Cesc Fabregas Departs, What Will Life Be Like for Arsenal?

Ryan KusyContributor IIJuly 6, 2009

LONDON - APRIL 26:  Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal celebrates with his team mate Emmanuel Eboue after Fabregas scored the second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Middlesbrough at Emirates Stadium on April 26, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Arsenal have recently placed a £40mil price tag on Cesc Fabregas. Frankly, that's a little low, and possibly insulting depending on how you look at it. Does this mean Fabregas is only half as good as Ronaldo?

With both Real Madrid and Barcelona hovering over the star's future, it seems likely one of them will place a bid for him—the latter being the most likely to grab his signature.

With so much speculation about his future being up in the air, despite his constant commitment to the club, one cannot stop and think about life without Fabregas in the center of the pitch for Arsenal.

Realistically, there are no replacements for Fabregas that are on the market if he was sold. Knowing Arsene Wenger, we would sign another starlet teenager that would try and take his place.

Arsenal, pending they sign a defensive midfielder, would be looking at the starting center mids as any two of the following: Denilson, Abou Diaby, Alex Song, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere (it's a stretch, but he is making the first team this year regardless), Samir Nasri, and a defensive midfielder (if one is signed).

Arsenal did manage to survive the stretch this season without Fabregas, but fans were counting the days till he returned to the lineup. His vision and touch on the ball are unlike any other.

Fabregas has the ability to turn and shoot from distance, as well as great crossing ability. In the 2007-2008 campaign, Fabregas tallied up 20 assists in during the season.

Arsenal would be hard-pressed to find someone to replace his abilities. As well, aged only 22, his experience is beyond many people who are three or four years older than him.

If Fab was to leave Arsenal, many would believe it would open up the last slot for the top four. A missed Champions League by Arsenal could mean a mass exit of players the following season—and even cost Wenger his job.

A lot is really riding on the decision to sell or keep Fabregas, especially in a season when there is a lot of pressure to win trophies.

If Fabregas is sold, they must hope that someone steps up drastically this season. As well, Arsenal would be in the market for a new skipper then too.