Twitter has become a hard place to frequent lately. This is not because the service itself has changed, or that the social network has lost the plot when it comes to making communication between millions a possibility. No, rather twitter has become one of, if not the place for transfer gossip and rumour.
This is no different than it was last year. We spent so much time concerned with at was happening with van Persie, who received continuous abuse from twitter users (good work, by the way), we spent hours upon hours chasing transfer links of a dubious nature, looking at video of our new signings in action at their former clubs; but above all like last year, we’ve started to allow ourselves to be hopeful and this, in and of itself, is enough to drive a gooner completely mad.
Last season it was a bit more up in the air with Cazorla and Giroud coming in. Sure, they looked to be fantastic signings and there was some potential to look to future success, but this June it’s different. Cesc Fabregas has proven himself a proper world class player in Barcelona (but we already knew that), something Arsenal has been lacking, and to see the possibility, yet unquelled, that he may make a move back to the club that helped make him the player he is today is a consideration supporters can’t put down. Not only is his quality what Arsenal needs at the moment, but he belongs here, he is the one player that gave us that certain edge to compete for the title, hell, he even made Adebayor a 30 goal a season player. To think he couldn’t do that for someone like Giroud or Podolski is sheer madness.
But it’s not just Wenger bringing Cescy back that is doing fans’ heads in. Ivan Gazidis says we’re ready to compete with the world’s largest clubs. Whether or not this is true (right now I’m inclined to not be so positive), he’s giving fans hope when it comes to squad improvement, saying Arsène will be able to buy who he wants. We don’t know for sure yet, who that even is, but in the last day or so there have been reports that the boss met with Higuain’s father in London on Friday. I’ve been looking at some video of Higuain’s goals this morning (see below) and, you have to admit, his skill and prowess in front of the net is considerable. Very tastey idea, indeed. This transfer rumour, if reliable, shows promise. There’s also the constant batting around of the Rooney possibility, which may or may not work. I’m not convinced yet at he has the kind of character or attitude to play for us, but I have been wrong once or twice before.
June continues to be interesting if nothing else. Some twitters users have taken to regularly using the #ComeHomeCesc and #WelcomeHomeCesc hash tags. Feel free to lose yourself in the speculation, too.
I posted this on my classroom bulletin board this afternoon. I like to think of it as a grassroots kind of campaign. Now I can almost hear Colm Wilkinson singing “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables.
Because I need him to, that’s why, and it doesn’t seem as though I’m the only one who feels this way. Rumours have started over the last couple of days that Fabregas may be leaving the Nou Camp. We all know he left us a couple of years back to return to his boyhood and hometown club, and though this hurt like hell at the time, I was able to put it behind me somewhat because of the nature of the move. To some degree I understand any player who makes the decision to leave a club if there is a chance of winning trophies elsewhere and we have to admit it, whether we want to or not, that with the teams we’ve had in recent seasons, we just weren’t going to win any silverware.
I don’t mean to be all doom and gloom about it; no, we’ve come close to one trophy anyway, which we lost to Birmingham, making the tears fall from the eyes of our young, passionate English midfielder. The facts are, however, that we’ve just not had winners in the squad. Some blogs and twitter users would mention over and over again last season that the only person who won anything with the club was van Persie, and that was back in 2005. There was just not a culture of winning at the club, if you want to look at it that way. The manager seemed to be primarily concerned with signing young no-name players and selling off the decent player stock we had, while the Arsenal board was arguably worse, what with their lack of providing funds for transfer deals and seeming to miss the point completely when it came to the direction the club should be taking. With these points in mind, it’s easy to see why van Persie and, before him Cesc Fabregas, left Arsenal. New acquisitions in the last year have been positive in that Giroud, Cazorla, and Podolski have all won titles and other awards with their former clubs.
But now the word is that Cesc may be leaving Barcelona. The media have suggested that Manchester United seems to be a likely destination, but it was reported today that he appeared on a Spanish radio station and denied any claims that he would move to United. The reliability of this piece of news is something that I cannot confirm, but personally I believe he wouldn’t want to join the same lot as van Persie. Cesc has reiterated time and time again since leaving us that he loves Arsenal, and I think if he made a move to the Premier League that it would be back to us. Wenger has shown over the last season that he means business: even with limited funds and bargain buys, he can keep the team in the top four (and arguably more importantly above Spurs). He’s putting faith in primarily German and Spanish internationals, which is a good strategy since these countries have the two best teams in world football at the moment. This shows some ambition, I believe, but also there’s the mysterious massive “transfer war chest” the internet has been getting on about and the fact that Gazidis made mention of improving beyond just CL qualification next season. All these points combined might be enough to draw Fabregas back to the Gunners, that is of course if he leaves Catalonia at all.
And to get back to the main point of this post, I need Cesc to come back home. I try to stay away from the transfer rumour mill each year, but there’s little avoiding it this time around. If there’s an announcement that he is going to join Arsenal again, or that he says he would like to, I couldn’t bare to miss out on it when it happened. I think for many gooners out there Cesc is still somewhat of a mysterious character, almost like an old lover you can’t get over because there’s the acknowledgement that deep down you want him back, to experience the highs with him, that he’s your best chance of success and a happy future.
Why can’t I quit you, Cesc? Maybe I don’t want to at all.