Its ok to let Cesc go

Is it finally goodbye to London?

Barcelona’s chase for Cesc Fabregas gathered steam this week, as reports of the midfielder willing to take a substantial pay cut to facilitate a move back to the Catalan side where he learnt his trade as a youngster were published in Spanish and English tabloids alike. Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood and manager Arsene Wenger have stood firm in recent times, declaring that their club captain and star player was not for sale. However, it seems inevitable now that the Spaniard will be returning to his childhood club sooner rather than later.

Before ringing the death knells, it is not all over for Arsenal. While it is fair to say that Fabregas has been synonymous to the Arsenal side ever since the departure of Vieira, there are options available to Wenger when he finally decides to let his protege leave. Samir Nasri had a stunning first half of a season playing in the centre of the park and the emergence of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey should see Wenger build his side around these three players. While it is not certain that Nasri will still be at the Emirates next season, Wenger will do well to keep the Frenchman and the triumvirate of Nasri, Ramsey and Wilshere should serve Arsenal well for the next few seasons.

While Fabregas departure may leave the club lacking in leaders, they already have a ready-made replacement for club captain in Robin Van Persie. As seen in the recently concluded campaign, Van Persie captained the team to great effect and the captaincy had a positive impact on the Dutchman, who had a stunning second half of the season after returning from injury, keeping the London outfit in the title race right till the death.

Fabregas’ departure to Barcelona seems a formality at this stage. The more negative Arsenal fans will undoubtedly be very worried about how the team is going to cope with the departure of their most influential player in recent years but as shown by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Manchester United, no one player is indispensable to any football club. Arsenal F.C will continue to uncover exciting footballing talents under Arsene Wenger and success will come inevitably to a team who arguably plays the best football in the country.

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