Arsene Gets All Cesc-y & Return To Sender-os
Cesc is a player who is an exceptional talent but part of the exceptional talent is that he is never happy with what he is delivering. There is a lot more to come from him because these players always get better.
– Arsene Wenger on Cesc
Wenger has been praising the improvement in Fabregas’ game this season:
I believe he is more mature and he has gained a fraction of physical power. He’s 22 and that’s when you really become a man. Cesc hasn’t worked especially on his finishing.
I believe it’s just his calm in front of goal. He always had chances and, in some games, he missed three or four because he always wanted to finish with power. Now, he finishes with calm. He places the ball and suddenly he scores goals.
It is a return to the form that Fabregas displayed in 2007/08. Last season too much rested on his shoulders; too many of the midfield duties relied on his diligence, passion for winning and tenacity in the tackle. With a more defensively-minded player alongside him, the Spaniard has thrived.
However, it is not just this aspect which has ‘freed’ him. Attacking responsibilities are distributed through a number of players. If Cesc is marginalised, Arshavin, Nasri or Rosicky can be effective in that role.
Cesc is still crucial to the side though. His captaincy is more from the Bobby Moore school, leading by example, handing out a rocket if needed, inspiring through actions rather than the typically British mould, very vocal and inspiring through choice words more often than not. It is not ruling by fear but a certain amount of bullying is involved.
The experience of 2007/08 will stand this team in good stead this season. Falling away so badly having been in control for long spells of the season is a lesson that they will not wish to repeat. This time, 3 points behind the leaders is a good position to be in, capable of capitalising on any mistakes which may be made by those ahead.
Key to it will be keeping the squad fit. Injuries have been pretty horrendous this season yet the team has not been dropped from the title race. That perhaps says more about the inconsistency of others as much as it does the tenacity of Arsenal, the desire to recover quickly from setbacks.
However, at some point, a team is going to be consistent and put together an unbeaten run which will put them into a very good position to wrest the title from Manchester United. If Arsenal are not that team, they must match it to keep within striking distance. The fixtures against teams lower down the table are key to this; the top four clashes are showing that taking points from each other is the order of the day. A defeat in those fixtures does not mean the end of the season as it may have done in the past. It is not helpful but not disasterous.
Wenger has signed Sol Campbell to strengthen the squad, a divertissement to the events on the pitch. It has not been entirely welcomed, some viewing it as further evidence of the collapsing financial situation in football. The truth is that Wenger is not in a position to sign a world-class centre back since it will break up a good working partnership in Gallas and Vermaelen, an area where the manager has identified that consistency of selection is essential.
It also provides cover when Philippe Senderos leaves. The Swiss international has made no secret of his desire to go, needing regular first team football to ensure that his aim of playing at this summer’s World Cup finals is not adversely affected.
Rumours have linked him with everyone from Everton to Bayern Munich but no apparent firm offers have been received. With his contract ending this summer, little surprise there since it is the same situation that Marouane Chamakh faces – why would anyone pay for him now, knowing that he will cost nothing once the season is over.
Posted on January 16, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Cesc Fabregas, Football, Philippe Senderos, Soccer, Transfer Gossip, Transfer Rumours. Bookmark the permalink. 196 Comments.