Respectful source, The Guardian, reports that Arsene Wenger is willing to let captain Cesc Fabregas leave the Emirates only if he can convince other influential team-mate Samir Nasri to stay with the Gunners.
Wenger realises the importance of renewing Nasri’s contract as it only has a year left to expire, while Fabregas’ own contract still has plenty of milege. His priority has now become to secure the services of Nasri to avoid a repeat of the infamous Flamini incident which involved him running down his contract and eventually leaving the Emirates to join AC Milan for no fee. If Nasri agrees to stay, the funds freed up from Fabregas’ eventual departure will allow Wenger to re-adjust Nasri’s wages to more readily fit the Frenchman’s demands and also further strengthen the squad.
It has also been reported that with the departure of Fabregas, a new 4-4-2 formation will be introduced with Nasri at its center. This comes at an important time where Arsenal attempt to end their trophy drought and Wenger attempts to salvage fan support in the management of the team. Wenger realises the difficulty in slotting Fabregas effectively into this formation and with Nasri more suited to its demands, he is reported to be more inclined to keep the Frenchman to fit the new structure.
Although we seem destined to lose one of our two great midfield players, it is also good to hear that Wenger is adamant to hold onto the other. If Nasri indeed agrees to stay and Fabregas therefore departs, do you think the new 4-4-2 formation is the answer to finally fulfil the needs to acquire a long awaited trophy?