Arsenal FC: Will They Be Able To Cope with Losing Cesc Fabregas?
Cesc Fabregas appeared to be out the door and on his way to Barcelona last season during the transfer window but the move never happened. Reports now have him closer than ever to joining the reigning La Liga and Champions League champions.
With this two-year saga appearing to be coming to a close, is Arsenal FC ready to move on to life without their captain Cesc Fabregas?
Here are three reasons why the transition will not be too hard for Arsene Wenger and his men.
Distractions Removed from the Locker Room
Cesc Fabregas wears the captain's armband because he is a leader on the pitch but with all the speculation revolving his future in the air, it is hard for Arsenal players to ignore.
Arsenal are under a lot of pressure due to their trophy drought and a new majority shareholder in Stan Kroenke taking over as owner of the club.
Arsene Wenger, the legendary Arsenal manager, has never been in the hot seat like this before. The flames are creeping up his coat tails and he has to find a way to distinguish them.
Losing his captain is not the way in which he envisioned this transfer window going but with all the pressure, does he really need to be worrying how much loyalty his on-field general has to him and the club?
Getting rid of Fabregas will release tension from around the Emirates and many supporters and players have already moved on to a post-Fabregas mindset, and getting rid of his drama is the last step.
With Cesc Fabregas leaving Arsenal many would say that it is more motivation for Samir Nasri to leave but this should not be the case.
Nasri will be asked to step up and take more of the reins in the offense. Nasri’s pace, creativity and versatility make him a perfect player to become one of the fulcrums of the Arsenal offense.
The Frenchman will take on more responsibility and likely move into the center of the pitch, allowing him to display more of his skill set.
Nasri says he wants trophies and he will have to be one of the components to deliver them. If he cannot cope with the pressure, then he may need to leave, but if Nasri can cope then Arsenal will become his team.
If Arsene can spin the loss of Fabregas into motivation for Nasri, it might just be the perfect way to hold onto the Frenchman. It will also make life post-Fabregas much easier.
There Is Still Time in the Transfer Window
Cesc Fabregas is a high-profile player whose transfer fee should be put directly into this transfer window and making a big purchase for the strength of the squad.
With Fabregas leaving the club, this opens the door for a player like Juan Mata or Karim Benzema to be brought in.
Players of this caliber will be game-changing forces in the squad much like Fabregas was, and a high-profile player like one of these two will allow Gunners supporters to forget about Fabregas quickly.
Fabregas leaving also allows his salary to be taken off of the books at Arsenal. This means money that is allotted for salary can be put to a new player's salary or be utilized to keep players happy that are already at the club, like Samir Nasri.