So, it’s January. The transfer window is open and the rumor-mongers are having a field day.
But hey, cut them some slack, will ya? Ever since the transfer window system was imposed by the powers that be, the tabloids only get around three months of the year to fill their pages up with player-transfer related gossip and innuendo.
This year so far however, the transfer market looks to be like the pitch at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road ground—frozen, seemingly for eternity. Even so, there is the inevitable report about our beloved Cesc Fabregas "definitely" joining Barcelona before February. (Note to all you Gunner haters: NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!)
But, let’s face it, in a world where Carlos Tevez’s relationship with Man City executives is ‘damaged beyond repair’ one day and is perfectly fine the next, anything could happen.
Is Cesc one of the best playmakers in world football right now? Sure. Is he the X-factor that makes Arsenal perform at a higher level than they otherwise would? No doubt. But is he irreplaceable? Well, the jury’s out on that one.
Arsene Wenger surely has thought of this. Money, lack of passion, desire to win more trophies all could make Cesc leave the Gunners at a moment’s notice. If that does happen in this transfer window, well, no worries. Substitutes can and will be brought.
Wenger, as we all know, does not like to spend. He likes diamonds in the rough who he can mould to fit into his plans. But his transfer kitty is big today and Arsenal fans are desperate for a trophy after five years in the wilderness.
So all things considered, here are the top 10 replacements for Francesc Fàbregas Soler in case he decides to leave Arsenal. I’m trying my level best to think like Wenger and have attempted to make decisions the way he would. Here we go…