Fabregas Set To Leave, Arsenal Must Sign Gourcuff As Replacement

Robin SAnalyst IMay 18, 2010

TURIN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 15:  Yoann Gourcuff of Bordeaux celebrates after the first goal for this team is scored during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Juventus FC and FC Girondins de Bordeaux at Olympic Stadium on September 15 2009 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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As feared, Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is inching closer to a move to his childhood club Barcelona. The Catalan club have already confirmed their interest in Fabregas as well as in Valencia's David Villa.

During the just concluded season, Fabregas had proclaimed his everlasting love for the North London club on a number of occasions, and how he wanted to continue serving the Gunners for a very long time.

But now most of his interviews are regarding a move to Barcelona. There are plenty of talks that Fabregas held a showdown talk with Wenger and had informed him about his desire to quit.

Tabloids are already busy adding fuel to the fire, and some of them have come up with a cash+Ibrahimovic deal. As an Arsenal supporter, this is the last thing one would like to hear.

The temperamental Swedish striker will not bring much to an already weak and inconsistent Arsenal side. He's an Arshavin with a better physicality, and one of the laziest creatures on the planet.

As for strikers, Arsenal now have one more quality targetman in Chamakh. So there's no reason why Arsenal need an erratic and wasteful striker like Ibrahimovic.

It's much better to collect all the cash that Fabregas could fetch Arsenal which is believed to be in the region of £50m-£60m.

At the moment, it's all going out from the hands of Wenger, and he will sweat really hard to keep the Spaniard under his clutches any longer.

Fabregas' departure will also ensure the complete failure of Wenger's rebuilding process which was mainly focused around the Spanish playmaker. What Wenger should do now is try and minimise the deficit.

Wenger's current crop, barring a few, of players aren't up to the Premier League standard and the team's fulcrum has been Fabregas. Without him the team is only as good as a mid-table one.

Wenger shouldn't wait any longer, and he must shortlist some of the best players as the replacement for Fabregas sooner rather than later.

Wenger shouldn't look any further than Girondins Bordeaux if he really wants to bring in a world class playmaker.

Yoann Gourcuff is the ideal man to lead the Arsenal midfield. He should be available for a reasonable price—probably close to £30m. Also, added attraction for Gourcuff to join Arsenal is the chance to re-unite with his Bordeaux team-mate Chamakh who has all but joined the Gunners.

Gourcuff is certainly on the shopping list of many top-class clubs including Manchester United, AC Milan, and Manchester City, but the team that badly need Gourcuff is Arsenal, if Fabregas eventually leaves for Barcelona.

Wenger must let Fabregas go if he's not interested, but he shouldn't leave it too late to find a replacement, because if he sticks by his usual policy of stretching the transfers into the final few weeks to trim down the asking price, he would loose the best players to wealthier clubs.

Also the impact of World Cup shouldn't be neglected. So any deal ideally must take place before the commencement of the World Cup. If Wenger succeeds in convincing Fabregas, it's all good. If not, let's hope Wenger brings in Gourcuff.