Tantric Cesc?

May 20, 2010

It’s been quite a week so far. Chamakh has been in town to have talks with the club and is set to sign with us as soon as his contract expires with Bordeaux. No word on if he has signed an actual pre-contract agreement, but it seems like it’s a done deal.


The big story of the week, of course, has centered on the future of Cesc Fabregas. At this point, we don’t really know what will happen. It appears that our captain has told Wenger that he wants to rejoin his home club. Now, it’s all well and good saying that he has made this request, but nobody else was present at the meeting between Cesc and Wenger so, we have no real idea what was actually said.


The fact that he was flying in for a meeting with Wenger just a few days before he is due to meet up with the Spain squad ahead of the World Cup could be interpreted as a bad sign. It certainly doesn’t reassure you over his continued future at Arsenal. But, until something concrete like a bid is made or a firm rebuttal issued, we are just going to have to live with all of the speculation and uncertainty.


I don’t feel like now would be a good time for Cesc to leave, in terms of the number of games that he would play at Barca next season. Xavi is still only 30, so he has a few years at the top left. But, the lure of Cesc’s boyhood club may prove too hard for him to resist this time around.


I’m not sure how much there is to the talk of Toure being included in part of any proposed deal, but he would certainly give a much stronger and more solid presence in the centre of midfield, alongside Song, which we haven’t really had since the days of Vieira and Petit. It would also allow us to revert back to a 4-4-2 formation. The linking of Hleb as part of the deal is ridiculous, why would we want to resign someone that left because he said London was too hectic for him? Also, he never had any real end product, despite all of his skill…oh, wait, maybe we will sign him. Balls.


Anyway, it’s all swings and roundabouts at the minute as we are still waiting to hear when/if anything official materializes. As the title of today’s blog is meant to suggest, I am hoping that this whole saga won’t drag on for as long as one of Sting’s sex sessions.


I really hope that Cesc will stay as he is the heartbeat of our team. He is the player that the team pivots around, not to mention the fact that I have his name and number on the back of my yellow away jersey. However, he should only stay if his heart and head are 100% focused on, and committed to, Arsenal.


There is a good article in The Mirror today talking about how Arsenal are right to dig their heels in over the proposed transfer of Cesc.


But, that’s about that. I’ve tried to stay silent all week about the whole Cesc thing as there really isn’t an awful lot of substantiated information to work with. Anyway, that’ll do for today.