Thomas Vermaelen Snubs Manchester United, And We Called It First

With many of the mainstream media outlets believing that Thomas Vermaelen was destined for a move to Manchester United to rejoin our previous captain Robin van Persie, we knew that Thomas would snub Old Trafford in favour for a move to the Camp Nou.

The main reasons for this decision were because of the style of football Barcelona play, which is not unlike Arsenal’s, and the exciting new project Luis Enrique is building at the Camp Nou. Also chatting with Cesc helped finalise his decision.

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Told You Alexis Sanchez Wasn’t Going To Join Arsenal

I’ve been saying all along that Alexis Sanchez wasn’t going to arrive at The Emirates, and tonight I have been completely surprised.

Arsenal have finally confirmed that they have secured the signature of Sanchez, who featured in this summers World Cup and scored against the hosts in Brazil but went out on penalties.

As usual, Arsenal have publicly said the fee is undisclosed but reports are saying the fee is around the £35 million mark. This should pave the way for Luis Suarez to move to the Camp Nou, which is good news for Liverpool’s rivals. Say what you want about Suarez, but he is a world class player who would make any team better – and Liverpool will miss him dearly.

Maybe I’ve just had too many long and depressing summers with Arsenal to believe that a player like Alexis Sanchez would join us. I firmly believed that the Mesut Özil signing last summer was a flash in the pan – partly a last minute buy because of the late sale of Gareth Bale to the European Champions. Did I think Özil’s signing was a well-planned signing? Not in a million years.

But the Sanchez deal seems like a signing which has planned well and executed with minimum fuss – which after the Higuain saga last summer is a pleasant surprise.

What does Sanchez joining Arsenal mean?

Well it means we have someone other than Olivier Giroud to lead the line. Sanchez has scored 39 goals in 88 appearances for Barcelona which is a decent return when you consider for a number of those games he was a substitute. At Arsenal, you would assume that he will be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Even though he’s coming to Arsenal, I am still a bit surprised at his arrival. I would have put Sanchez down as an Arsene Wenger signing.

I’ll admit that I don’t know a huge amount about him, if I’m honest. The first time I really noticed him on the big stage was when he scored 4 goals in a 7-0 win against Palermo for Udinese. And I remember his chip for Barcelona against Real Madrid. For Chile in the World Cup I thought he played okay, but nothing spectacular. Obviously I hope he makes me look stupid (which isn’t hard) and hits the ground running next season.

He’s only 25 which is a fantastic age for a player like him. He’s played for Udinese and Barcelona, so he clearly has experience at the top top level.

He has a lot of pace and when you consider an Arsenal that has Mesut Özil feeding Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez, then that is mouth-watering.

Hopefully this signing is just the beginning of an exciting summer for Arsenal fans.

I will try and be more positive from now on!

Cesc Finally Joins Chelsea – And Arsene Needs To Be Held Accountable

The news we all knew was coming has now been confirmed – Cesc Fabregas has finally joined Chelsea and he has been given a 5 year deal. Although the exact transfer fee has not been disclosed, it is believed to be around £30 million as no other club went in for him, and that was the amount Barcelona were happy to let him leave for.

You all know how I feel about Cesc. All the AKB’s are going on about our war chest is better spent elsewhere, whereas I believe Arsene has reverted to type and will try and “strengthen” the squad but shopping in the discount section.

A world class midfielder who is at his peak, has vast experience of the Premier League and is full or goals and assists, and we let him slip through our fingers. Lallana is being valued at £28 million, and Juan Mata was £37.5 million – and someone who I firmly believe is half the player Cesc is. Selling Mata and buying Fabregas – and pocketing £7.5 million in the process – is excellent business from Chelsea.

With the World Cup having a big effect on transfers and with signings before the tournament, this is going to be another frustrating transfer window for Arsenal fans. Last summer, most of us were upset at the lack of activity until Mesut Özil arrived.

But make no mistake, that wasn’t planned – Özil was only available because Real Madrid managed to sign Gareth Bale at the 11th hour.

So there we have it. A big signing that would please the Arsenal players and fans has been passed up.

Frustrating summer ahead? Don’t you know it.

Why Arsene Wenger MUST Bring Cescy Back To Arsenal This Summer!

Today Sky Sports News had breaking news about Cesc Fabregas – that he was reportedly no longer wanted by Barcelona and the Catalan club have apparently told Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal that he can leave for £30 million (via The Telegraph).

It has been widely reported that Arsenal have first refusal on Cesc Fabregas, which was a clause we insisted on when we sold him to Barcelona in the summer of 2011.

After 6 seasons in Arsenal’s first team where he only has an FA Cup triumph to show for it, Fabregas has been pretty successful in Spain. Since leaving Arsenal he has won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Supercopa twice, the Super Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup.

Unfortunately for Cesc, he joined Barcelona as they were in decline. Before he signed they were undoubtedly the best time in the world, winning the Champions League in 2006, 2009 and 2011. They also won La Liga in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013. From 2006 to 2011 Barcelona were unstoppable, but now they need to rebuild and Cesc isn’t part of those plans.

Fortunately for the team he will join however, is that Cesc is still only 27 years old. He’s had  3 seasons at Barcelona which will give him invaluable experience and would have made him an even better player than the one that left the Premier League in 2011. In the 3 seasons before he left he was the Premier League’s best midfielder by a country mile. He had assists, goals and tackles in abundance. Make no mistake, wherever Cesc ends up will be getting a world class player who will improve them tenfold.

And that is why Arsene has to bring Cescy back. It’s a complete no brainer. This is a player that dominated games when he was at Arsenal, a player who scored goals for fun. The only argument (which is a weak one) is that we already have enough midfielders. That is complete tosh. Wilshere, Arteta, Ramsey, Özil, Flamini, Diaby and Rosicky have all been injured during last season and have been missed at times during the campaign. And if we truly want to compete with the very best in the country and in Europe, then we need a very strong squad. And besides, having Cesc back at Arsenal would give the whole team and club (as well as the fans) a massive lift, without breaking the bank.

If Cesc was being sold for £50 million then fair enough but £30 million? Compare that to the fee we paid for Özil and it’s not even worth discussing. Cesc would probably make up a lot of his fee in shirt sales alone! I don’t know what the specifics were in the clause but it looks like £30 million would be the maximum we’d have to pay.

And what about the alternative? Frankly, it’s something we can’t even contemplate.

If, Arsene Wenger loses the plot and doesn’t sign Cesc, then the consequences would be disastrous. Imagine Cesc playing for City, United or Chelsea? Jesus Christ.

Apart from making our direct rivals much, much stronger, it would be devastating to see him wear something other than an Arsenal shirt. You have players like Samir Nasri, Emmanuel Adebayor, Robin van Persie and Ashley Cole who disrespected the club and you don’t really care about them moving on. But Cesc? That would be truly heart breaking.

Arsene, over to you.

Cesc Fabregas Is Set To Leave Barcelona [Breaking]

Sky Sports News have just announced some breaking news – that Cesc Fabregas is set to leave Barcelona as it has been confirmed that he is no longer part of Barcelona’s plans and they are willing to sell him.

He has a reported £30 million release clause and England is expected to be his preferred destination. Manchester United are the current favourites, with Arsenal obviously in the hunt.

So what do you think? Would you welcome Cesc back at Arsenal?