Tag Archives: Barca

Do Arsenal actually NEED Cesc Fabregas? I don’t think so….

The curious case of Cesc Fabregas by MrAFC

Cesc Fabregas, a name that will forever be in the hearts of all Arsenal fans. The diminutive Spaniard who went from youth prodigy to captain in just a matter of seasons, and who led the team with purpose and aggression, the type that had been lacking since a certain Patrick Viera. The golden boy, who could strike a ball onto a five pence piece from forty yards away, and carried the burden after the departure of the invincibles. There is no doubt about it, he will always be remembered as a legend, the boy wonder that symbolised everything that is great about the latest Arsene Wenger era; ‘we don’t buy superstars, we make them’. Now, with his stock falling in Barcelona and the fact that we have first refusal, the pursuit of our former captain is well and truly on, but there is just one question; Do we actually need him?

Fabregas closer to Arsenal return after fans’ abuse

It can’t be much fun for Cesc Fabregas. The former Arsenal man finally agreed to a dream return to his boyhood club Barcelona a few years ago, something the Arsenal fans grudgingly understood despite the hole it left in the Gunners team, but it has been anything but a dream since then.

The nightmare continues for the Spanish midfielder, as the frustration of the Barca fans has started to boil over into anger which they are constantly venting at him in the form of whistles, boos and abuse from the stands. It has become very noticeable, according to a report in the Daily Mail, to the extent where officials from the Catalan club have spoken to Fabregas about it and how it is affecting him mentally.

Was Arsenal boss right to comment on Barcelona ban?

Wenger backs Barca ban! by Ash

As I’m sure you are all aware by now, in non Arsenal news, Barcelona have been banned from making any moves in the transfer market for the next two transfer windows. Although this doesn’t make too much of a difference to Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger has been chipping in with a statement about the issue.

How Wenger can make Arsenal more like Spain

Arsenal and the tiki-taka system by Sam

Arsene Wenger has his own clear football philosophy and, since taking over as the Arsenal manager nearly 20 years ago, he has gradually moulded the Gunners into the team we see now. In recent years, of course, his model has had to be rebuilt regularly due to the loss of key players such as Cesc Fabregas, through no fault of his own, but he is trying to achieve perfection.

Do Arsenal have any players good enough to interest Big Clubs?

Are any Arsenal players good enough to interest another big club? by FD

All the transfer talk at the moment is about the potential players Arsenal are looking to bring in over the summer. It seems as though there’s hardly a prospect we haven’t been linked with. That’s all well and good – it’s refreshing to be considered as one of the poachers for a change, rather than having to play our usual game-keeping role. But while it would be welcome to have a close season free from worry over losing a star player, it makes me wonder whether we actually have any players good enough to interest other big clubs.

Why Arsenal fail – and how to change it!

Why Arsenal Fail by NS

First of all, we have the obvious answer. We sell our best players. Even to our rivals. It’s like Winston Churchill selling Adolf Hitler his Spitfires and destroyers.

Secondly (another obvious one) is the owner. I’m not going to go on about him as enough has been said already. He’s not helping, put it that way and I’m no fan of his. Some say it’s Wenger not spending the money he’s given. We may never know.

Finally, I will get to my third point. Wenger may not have any control over the first two points, but he can do something about the third one.

Who will buy Robin Van Persie from Arsenal?

What teams are in for RVP? by KJ

Again it’s another article on the traitor. However, his departure is the top priority of the club at the moment. There are numerous clubs reportedly interested in him, so let’s analyse those that actually have a chance:

Barcelona: Apparently, they’re very interested in the Dutchman. They were even willing to throw David Villa at us (it was reported). They need another striker as Messi rarely has an off day and hence they need another attacking threat. However, Van Persie plays similarly to Messi and hence it would be silly for them to try and get him, especially when they could get someone like Llorente for a similar price.

Fabregas to undergo TWO medicals this morning before signing Barca contract

Arsenal and Barcelona have finally agreed terms for the Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas and the Spaniard is set to be presented to the press as a Barcelona player at 1 p.m. this afternoon (BST).

The BBC reports that Arsenal have accepted just £30m for Fabregas with an extra £5m depending on the trophies won by team with him in it. Arsène Wenger said: “We have been clear that we didn’t want Cesc to leave and that remains the case. However, we understand Cesc’s desire to move to his home town club and have now accepted an offer from Barcelona. We thank Cesc for his contribution at Arsenal and wish him future success.”

Arsenal signing of another Barcelona youngster confirmed in Spain

The seasonal poaching of Barcelona youngsters by Arsene Wenger seems to continue apace. The Gunners have just been ordered to pay £300,000 compensation to the Spanish giants for Jon Niquel Toral-Harper, who recently decide to join Arsenal instead of staying at the Nou Camp.

Now today it seems that the Spanish Daily Sport is reporting that Hector Bellerin, a good friend of Toral-Harper, has also decided to swap Barcelona for Arsenal and he will sign the papers next month.

The 16 year-old is said to be one of the most talented midfielders at the Barca Academy. He is said to be very fast and can be utilised on both wings with ease.

Arsenal set to snap up yet another Barcelona youngster

I have just read a report that says that Arsenal are set to sign the 16 year-old striker Hector Bellerin. The talented winger, who plays for Spain’s U16 side, has decided he wants to pursue a career in the Premier League following in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas and Fran Merida

Bellerin has reportedly refused to sign a new contract at the Camp Nou, and despite offers from teams like Manchester United, Aston Villa and Chelsea, he has decided to opt for Arsenal’s youth setup as his road to stardom and is expected to sign on the dotted line in the next few weeks.

Wenger – Van Persie will make the difference

Arsene Wenger believes that the Gunners have their own secret weapon to rival Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in the Dutch striker Robin Van Persie.

The Arsenal striker has been scoring for fun lately, and capped it with both goals in this weekends win over Wolves. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by Wenger.

He said: “Personally, I believe we go into the Barcelona game in better shape than last year and Robin is part of that,”

“He had not played for a while and it took him some time to come back into form.

Wilshere – Time for Arsenal to get nasty!

The young Terrier Jack Wilshere is preparing to face Barcelona for the first time in his career, and thinks that Arsenal will have to change their game a bit against the Spanish giants. He wants the Gunners to “get in their faces” and “get nasty”.

“I was at the Emirates Stadium for the first game against Barcelona last season and they were brilliant, especially in that first half,” Wilshere said. “I was in Bolton on loan for the second match and watched on television but I remember we basically played our game, passing it around. This year we have to get in their faces and show them what we’re all about.