Cesc Fabregas: Cesc's Flirt Opened Up Arsenal's Chronic Wounds

Josep Vernet-RieraCorrespondent IAugust 7, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05:  Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal attends an Arsenal open training session at Emirates Stadium on August 5, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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After the end of the flirt with Barcelona, Cesc stays in London.

Well, some Gunners may hear the news as a blessing, but actually, it is the confirmation of a saddening diagnosis of the British powerhouse.

Arsenal Lacks Managerial Leadership

Yes, I have said it. Arsene Wenger is a great mentor, a great coach, but an awful manager. 

And this is not only Wenger's fault. Everyone in the Gunner's front office is at fault.

One thing that crossed my mind, is how there was no one who stepped up to criticize Barça harshly for going after Arsenal's captain, like a dog would run after a juicy steak. 

The answer is that Arsenal's front office does not have leadership.

This was somewhat clear after Henry got sold to Barcelona for some spare change.

If Arsenal wants to win its place among the elite of European Cup winners, their front office will have to step up, because Wenger is not a manager. He is a coach.

Where Is the Pride?

Usually teams who bet on youthful players would not have this problem, but Arsenal does not look after what's happening in their own backyard.

Unlike most youth centered teams, Arsenal has no high profile national player. 

Still, this is a minor problem when compared to the lack of veterans in Arsenal's roster.

The winning sides from the beginning of the decade had a mix of youth and experience. However, the current Arsenal team does not have a core of veterans who have played in the club for many years. 

Actually, the situation is so ridiculous that Arsenal's captain is a 23-year-old midfielder, who declared his love for another club, which just happens to be one of the most hated sides by Arsenal fans.

The flirt showed us that no one within Arsenal's locker room could reason with Fabregas. Usually, older players comment on these situations, but no one said a wise word or two. On the other hand, Barça's veterans did everything they could to seduce Cesc.

See the difference?

Arsenal Wants to Be a Giant, But Acts Like a Minor Club.

What do Arsenal and Chelsea have in common? Both of them lack a major European title. The difference?

Whereas Chelski has imposed an aggressive transfer market strategy, Arsenal has tried to establish itself through its youth program. 

The problem?

While players who arrive at Stamford Bridge are already seeing themselves in a club which hunts for players and not talents, players who end up in the Emirates Stadium want to go to Arsenal to evolve as players.

Chelsea had, and has, a clear target. Win at any cost. It is simple as that. 

The Gunners still haven't underlined this intention and they will need to do that if they want to succeed.

Arsenal has everything to become an European giant, but they go for a youth centered strategy, which can also work, just look at Barcelona, if you buy yourself the necessary players.

Which Arsenal has not done. 

Do not get me wrong, Chamakh is a great asset, but he's still young, he is still a talent.

When Arsenal starts buying players, success will come along.

Now, by letting Fabregas declaring himself to Barcelona without anyone in Arsenal's structure criticizing him, Arsenal is letting Barça bully them, as if they were a small club.

This attitude has to change.

The Aftermath

Two years from now, or maybe next summer, Fabregas will be packing his bags to Barcelona. He will say that he is grateful for everything Arsenal did for him, but by the end of the day, he'll leave an empty trophy case in London.

And if Arsenal does not attend its own wounds, then the trophy case will stay empty.


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