Arsenal Transfer Talk: Cesc Fabregas & Samir Nasri Drama Could Extend Wenger Era

Tom KinslowFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Arsene Wenger of Arsenal shows his emotions during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage on May 22, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Arsenal Transfer News Centers on Possible Departures From Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri

By the end of last season, Arsene Wenger was on the hottest of seats.

The French manager, who has led Arsenal to so much success during his tenure, has fallen on hard times, as the Gunners have failed to win a trophy in years, an unacceptable result for a fanbase used to consistent excellence.

Wenger was seen as the root of the problem, with his reliance on developing young talent and reluctance to spend holding the team back from possible greatness.

As Arsenal headed into the summer transfer window, changes were promised and spending looked to be on the horizon, as the embattled Wenger fought to save his job.

Now, as we creep into July, Wenger is back against the ropes, as two of the world's top clubs stand poised to poach two of his prized midfielders.

Cesc Fabregas has been linked to an eminent move to the Nou Camp to join his former club, Barcelona, a transfer that has been years in the making. Wenger has fought furiously to keep his skipper, but it has been a losing battle. 

Meanwhile, Manchester United is circling around Samir Nasri, who has had a prolonged contract dispute with the Gunners, and with one year left on his contract, Wenger may sell to avoid getting nothing for the talented Frenchman.

If both Fabregas and Nasri were to leave in the offseason, it would be a crushing blow to an Arsenal squad that limped to the finish line last year. The Gunners went from contenders at all stages of play to walking away without a trophy and a pathetic fourth place finish in the league table.

Losing two vital midfielders will signal a rebuilding era at the Emirates, and Wenger will be given every opportunity to turn things around.

Arsenal prides themselves on their ability to run a competitive club while at the same time remaining budget conscious. This strategy spits in the face of Premier League foes Chelsea and Manchester City, who spend brazenly in the hopes of buying trophies.

Wenger has done that, even if the club has a barren trophy case as a result. Arsenal has competed and done admirably for the most part, but last year's results were unacceptable.

The team showed a lack of poise and heart on the biggest stage, a shocking display from a Wenger squad..

If Fabregas were to leave, Wenger would be allowed to tab a new captain, to mold this team into one that has a backbone against the world's top sides, and he wouldn't be sacked for a lack of results with such massive turnover.

Wenger's style of play is predicated on crisp, well-timed passes, something that Fabregas and Nasri have done at a high level during their tenures with the Gunners, and without them, his leash would be extended, at least for a couple of years.

It may not sit well with fans who have grown impatient with Wenger's management style, but the Gunners have never overreacted in the past and won't do so if Arsenal has to pick themselves off of the mat and go in a new direction.