WTTGT Writer: Thomas Koornhof
With all the hype resurfacing about Fabregas’ departure from Arsenal, it is safe to say many supporters fear the worst. On the other end of the conundrum, some supporters have clearly just had enough already and couldn’t care less anymore!
Firstly, it is obvious how much skill and talent that Fabregas brings to Arsenal’s game. He will most definitely be a huge signing if Barcelona, Inter Milan or Man City manages to lure him away from the Emirates.
Fabregas is a great playmaker and has also proven that he can score goals. He’s arguably the complete midfielder. However, I feel that his departure is not all ‘doom and gloom’.
In Samir Nasri we have a midfielder who is also highly talented. Despite the recent contract disagreements between Nasri and Arsène Wenger, whether it be for a higher salary or a tactic to delay the situation, after Fabregas he is our most important player. Arsène needs him to put pen on paper as soon as possible if Cesc does leave, regardless of cost.
It is no secret that Nasri would like to assume the role of a central midfielder, a position more suited to his game than playing wide. If Fabregas was to leave, the position would surely then be his for the taking.
He is a more direct attacking option than Fabregas is, and more adept at shooting from range. He still provides a good passing game between the attacking players which would compensate for Fabregas’ departure.
He might not produce the same consistently, the deft chips and the smooth through passes that Arsenal’s current captain offers, but he is still pretty darn good at it.
Nasri will be more threatening when shooting at goal than the Spaniard which is something Arsenal have lacked in recent years. If something can be learnt by Arsenal’s trophy drought, it is that no matter how good they look or how much possession they retain, they do lack that certain ‘killer instinct’ and ‘winning ugly’ mentality.
The fact is, we as supporters want to see our team raise a trophy above their heads in triumph, pretty football or no pretty football.
Let’s not forget that with Fabregas’ departure, Arsenal will surely get a huge sum of money to play with.
This money can be used to also buy the experienced defender that everyone is demanding (perhaps Cahill or Samba), with a huge chunk left to buy a quality forward.
Going back to Nasri assuming the central midfielder position, it’s a mouthwatering proposition to have the Frenchman playing behind Van Persie, as well as another top quality striker.
Nasri is good enough, so let Fabregas go if he wants to go.