The easy way the Emirates skipper can end this saga.
Four words Cesc, that is all it will take.
“I want to stay”
It seems obvious but surely the only way a line can be drawn under this whole Barcelona saga is for Cesc Fabregas to come out and say quite clearly and unequivocally that he wants to stay at Arsenal. Yes you can blame the Catalan side for their underhand tactics and the manner in which they appear to attempt any unsettling manoeuvre imaginable, as well as some you would never have guessed. However I am afraid that the Emirates skipper is as much, if not more, to blame for the way this whole saga has dragged on for so damn long.
As an Arsenal season ticket holder for the best part of two decades I am of course hideously infatuated by the footballing brilliance of our number four. You can not fault his abilities on the playing field but he has been as best naive and at worst manipulative in the way in which he has dealt with the obvious interest from his former club.
Making countless statements about how you long to return home or how you want to move at some stage back to your former club should not be tolerated by Arsene Wenger. Regardless of his importance to the club he should be treated like anyone else.
Imagine someone like Emmanuel Adebayor had made some of the ambiguous statements Fabregas has made, he would have been pilloried for them and deserverdly so. For some reason, up until more recently, we have given our captain room to breath, to think and we have been accepting of the potential inward discussions he has had to have with himself, but enough already.
If there is any doubt as to where Fabregas wants to be then we need to sell him. This may sound harsh and would of course be a big blow to the team as a whole. However, and here comes a very big cliché, no man is bigger than the team.
The club have dealt with this the best way possible. They have made it clear they are not interested in offers for the 23 year old. Barcelona have of course continued to show their interest and the next move is with Cesc himself.
If he really wants to leave, then we sell him. It really is that simple. If there is any doubt in his mind, then he needs to say something. If he wants to go then he needs to put in the transfer request and then we seek to get as good a price as possible for the player.
The speculation will run and run and the club will suffer. This isn’t just the usual mindless rumour mongering. This is a very real situation of a player not committing himself fully to the club. Arsene knows this to be the case, hence his latest statement on the issue when he very sensibly said.
“What is important is that when Cesc comes back, he comes out [over his intentions]. For me, I have nothing more to add.”
I second his calls for an end to this whole saga. For the good of the club as a whole, Fabregas has to get off the fence and make his mind up once and for all.