Fabregas was the nucleus of Arsenal Football Club during his eight-year stint. He joined the club in 2003 and amassed a total of 303 games, scoring 57 goals and supplying a century of assists. Fabregas arrived at Arsenal when notable figureheads like Patrick Vieira, Gilberto Silva, Edu and Ray Parlour where still present at the club so his chances of playing at that point in time where slim to none.
Fabregas made his Arsenal debut at the age of 16 years and 177 days in a Carling Cup encounter against Rotherham United, but came of age when Vieira left the club for Juventus in the summer of 2006. He made 35 appearances that season and was part of that formidable Champions League side that lost to Barcelona in the final match at Paris.
When Arsenal moved to the Emirates in the 2006/07 season, Fabregas played all 38 league matches, scoring two league goals and providing 13 assists. Fabregas was named as Arsenal’s captain in November 2008, and produced his best ever season in the 2009/10 campaign supplying 19 assists and scoring 19 goals.
Samir Nasri on the other hand joined Arsenal from Olympique Marseille in 2008 and made 126 appearances, scoring 27 goals and laying on 17 assists for his teammates.
Nasri was quite mediocre in his first two seasons and turned on the style in his third season at the club with an amazing goal tally of 15. After holding the fort for the best part of two months, Wenger sold Fabregas and Nasri to gather a joint kitty of almost £60+.
Many gooners have condemned Wenger while others have been happy with Wenger for letting them go at the same time, but there have been some bright sparks from their sales. Here’s my take on those sparks.
Arsenal has been regarded as a selling club and it has made money from player sales down the years. Arsene Wenger held the record for the best profit made from a player through the sale of Nicolas Anelka to Real Madrid in the late '90s, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s staggering £80m transfer smashed the records to bits.
However, Arsenal made gains from both signings, and Wenger and the Board can give themselves pats on their backs for generating a £13m profit from the sale of Nasri and an astronomical fee from a Fabregas that was purchased for pennies. In my opinion, £40m+ deal for Fabregas was still cheap but it was good business all the same.
Arsenal bought Ramsey from Cardiff in 2008 and Wenger did well to introduce him slowly into the squad to find his footing. The 2009/10 season started on a positive note for Ramsey because he was selected to play ahead of Denilson and Diaby, but he suffered a horrific double fracture of his tibia and fibula after a rash challenge from Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross.
Ramsey was given the honor to lead his country by Gary Speed and his newly found responsibility had a positive impact on his football, and he got his only goal of the season in the 1-0 win over Manchester United in May 2011.
The sale of Fabregas and Nasri will give Ramsey the chance to shine because he couldn’t hold a first team place when they were still at the club. Their exit has created some space for the bloke to cement a first team place.
Fabregas and Nasri were very important players for Arsenal, so their exit created a big vacuum to be filled by players in equal quality to them. Throughout the summer, the press and journalists alike linked Arsenal with various attacking midfielder from over the galaxy, and some of the players linked have found new employers.
Everyone including Palermo’s president believed that Arsenal was odds-on to sign Velez Sarsfield’s Ricky Alvarez, but he joined Inter Milan. Juan Manuel Mata was another player linked to Arsenal but he joined Arsenal’s rivals Chelsea for a fee of £26m.
With the transfer window closing shortly, Arsenal has been linked with Eden Hazard, Yann M’Vila and a host of others so many gooners are hoping that the deal will be sealed for these players.
Jack Wilshere started his football at the youth levels before disgracing his elders at the reserve league. Wenger decided it was time for Wilshere to step up, so he sent him on loan to Bolton to gain Premier League experience as well as match fitness.
Coyle begged for his services last summer, but Arsene Wenger saw sitting what many gooners couldn’t see standing on a tree, the future. Wenger sent Wilshere into the battlefield at a very milk age but Arsenal reaped the benefits of the bold move because Wilshere got better with each passing game.
His efforts didn’t go unnoticed and Wilshere was given the PFA Young Player of the Year award ahead of the likes of Smair Nasri and Seamus Coleman. The exit of Fabregas and Nasri presently means that the burden of creativity will fall on Wilshere’s able shoulders, but I’m pretty sure that Wenger would sign a creative midfielder to share the burden with him.
Rosicky joined Arsenal shortly before the 2006 World Cup in Germany and he’ll be remembered for those thunderous goals against USA. He opened his Arsenal goal scoring with a thunderbolt against Hamburg and he was an integral part of the Arsenal squad that almost won the league in the 2007/08 season.
Injury cut his Arsenal progress short and he became a mere shadow of the player that was once feared for his killer shots and through balls. With Fabregas and Nasri out of the equation, Rosicky will get another shot to resurrect his fading career and a decent run of games will do just that.
The saga involving Fabregas and Barcelona was a grueling affair that lasted for almost three seasons. Xavi Hernandez, Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol did their bit in changing his mind while Joan Laporta and Sandro Rosell used him as part of their manifesto to be elected to the position of club president.
The media also played a major role in the saga because they kept creating articles time after time of his potential move away from the Emirates and kept barraging him with questions and he reiterated his desire to stay at the club, but finally cracked this summer.
Nasri on the other hand, took matters into his own hands and kept Arsenal at ransom because he knew the ball was in his court. He claimed he would not sign a new deal until Wenger shows some work in the transfer window. He also stated that he wanted pay parity with Cesc Fabregas at some point before openly flirting with Manchester United.
The sale of Fabregas and Nasri was certainly a breath of fresh air because the articles from the media concerning the aforementioned players were becoming ubiquitous.
At this point in time, the players currently playing for Arsenal are the players that want to stay at Arsenal. Some have expressed their disappointment over the sales of Fabregas and Nasri, but have firmly fixed their eyes on the bright future ahead.
Wenger has sold two of Arsenal’s creative players, so he has to make sure they are replaced with players of equal quality because Arsenal has clearly struggled in the matches they have played so far.
Notwithstanding, Wenger has expressed his gratitude to the players for their years of service to Arsenal Football Club and I also wish them all the best with their new clubs.