The Pröfessör wrote:shazlx wrote:http://neymarketing.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/requiem-for-a-dream-how-barcelonas-prodigal-son-became-their-most-damaging-signing-in-a-generation/The Pröfessör wrote:stinger wrote:Isn't this buy-back thing a mistake? I am asking, cause soon after he moved to Camp Nou there were rumours that Arsenal either have percentage of next Fabregas transfer or just have a percentage of next Fabregas transfer if he would be going back to Arsenal.The Pröfessör wrote:
David Ornstein @bbcsport_david · 4h
Barcelona willing to let Fabregas leave for £30m & his preference is PL return. Arsenal have buy-back option but yet to express any interest
Some would say we don't need him but I don't care. Please Arsene, bring him home.
I understand we have 1st refusal but that looks useless at this point as we are not going to excercise it (according to a very reliable BBC journo). Apparently we we are only in for a striker and replacements for Sagna and Fabianski
There is real lack of ambition at the club, Wenger would do doubt point to injuries to our forwards last season, but even with a fully fit squad to choose from, our frontline sucks IMO. We need a minimum of 2 top class players in that area.
Looks like we are going to sit by and allow Cesc join Chelsea - fucking fuming right now. This is worse than Van Judas joining ManU because unlike Van Judas, Cesc is desperate to play for us. I can't fucking understand all this 'we don't need him' bollocks. Winning trophies at the highest level is a squad game (look at the Bayern squad for example) and we have not got a good enough squad to turn down the chance of signing a player of Cesc's quality.
I fully expect us to sign the Remys of this world. No ambition.
A long (and very good) article about Fabregas' ultimately failed move to to Barcelona - but towards the end some good reasoning why we made the right decision not to re-sign him.
Still, I would prefer Fabregas over Ozil but hey-ho.
Interesting but I don't buy the point that it was Cesc's inclusion that fucked them up defensively. A lot of their players deteriorated physically (Xavi, Alves, Puyol etc) and others became lazy (Messi), and as a result their impressive pressing game was no longer existent - that was when they became very easy to play against.
Cesc joined at the end of a cycle, that's why things didn't workout for him IMO (He wasn't also judged fairly, many hate him for the way he left). It's impossible to be as dominant as Barca were for more than 3-4 seasons playing the sort of pressing game they did. It affected them physically, they are human beings, not machines. The great Milan team under Sacchi was also done after 3-4 seasons, they could no longer sustain that ridiculous pressing that Sacchi demanded.
I couldn't be bothered to read the whole piece but Pep was tinkering with 3-4-3 before Cesc even because in his mind that is the footballing nirvana. The other thing that messiah points (and rightly so I think) is that once Abidal starting going out of the XI because his health issues, that is really what upset the defensive balance in the team. That was already happening before Cesc. The real issue IMO was Barcelona were greedy. They were bringing back a full formed Cesc and they wanted him to wait on the bench. What they should have done was moved on from Xavi who was also, already in decline, and committed to Cesc. But even know Xavi is still hanging on....Xavi was great but Barcelona will never make it back until he goes. Sad but true. Everyone's day come. Unfortunate for Cesc but it was just the wrong timing.