Arsène Wenger has dismissed speculation that the he would consider letting Cesc Fabregas move to Barcelona in order to generate extra money for other transfers.
As we approach the end of the season, there is ever increasing speculation about players leaving the club. In an interview ahead of our game against Manchester United this weekend, Wenger insisted that Arsenal are not a selling club and that he would rather focus on the the end of the season and the title run-in.
The ongoing struggle between Arsenal and Barcelona is expected to resume this summer, with many suggesting that Fabregas is now ready to move back to Spain following yet another season without a trophy. On the other hand, Wenger has made it clear that only he will make the final decisions about whether players are allowed to leave the club. We do need to keep our captain – holding onto our best players is the only way in which the club can truly demonstrate its high levels of ambition.
“We do not want to sell our players – so all the players who have contracts will stay here unless we decide otherwise.”
Of course, everything is dependent on whether or not Fabregas really wants to leave the club. Despite Wengers intentions of holding on to our influential midfielder, it is well known that the power is increasingly with the players – who are often able to force transfer moves. Should Fabregas hand in a transfer request, it would become increasingly difficult for Wenger to convince him to stay for yet another season.
If Fabregas is destined to join Barcelona, Wenger needs to hold out for a much bigger transfer fee. Liverpool bought Andy Carroll for £35 million, so Fabregas is definitely worth at least £50 million (not the £30 million Barcelona offered us last season). With the money generated from his sale, Wenger would be able to buy two or three world class players who would significantly boost the squad.
One of the most important things to consider is whether the presence of Fabregas is actually hindering the development and effectiveness of some of our other players? Jack Wilshere and Samir Nasri are more than capable of playing in the creative midfield role. If anything, Nasri was more influential at the beginning of the season when he was playing in central midfield (covering for the injured Fabregas), and has been significantly less effective on the wing in recent games. Extra money generated from the Fabregas sale could be spent on bolstering our defence or on a quality striker.