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Cesc Earns Himself Some Much Needed Benchtime

Cesc Earns Himself Some Much Needed Benchtime

Fabregas started off the season this year in blinding form, combining vision, assists, hard work, aggression, and goal scoring all in a 5 foot 9 inch frame. His contributions and value to this team at the moment is indispensable, and not a price in the world could see Arsene part with the young Spaniard. Wait now....what'd you say? Oh that was last year, wasn't it? My mistake.

Cesc was booked for the fifth time this season against Villa, compounding more misery to the weekend for Gooners. He will not be able to take part in the match against Manchester City next weekend, as he was also booked against Newcastle, Bolton, West Ham and Stoke earlier in this young campaign. Now whether he regains his place after the suspension should be in doubt.

Say what you want, but for me Cesc Fabregas' head is not at Arsenal anymore. Some might argue that its wandered on over to Catalonia, but I will not go that far. Many suggestions have been made to why he has displayed this lack of form including, but certainly not limited to: the departures of Hleb and Flamini, the lack of a true defensive midfielder next to him, or even the absence of a proper preseason for Arsenal. It may be one of these or a combination of many things, but one thing is for certain, his performances do not warrant an automatic starting spot anymore. He needs to spend some time on the bench. This might be detrimental in maintaining his loyalty to the club, but for me that is a risk that must be taken. Aaron Ramsey has displayed all of his exquisite attributes in the Carling Cup, and should get the call up to the creative midfield role come Saturday. Aaron Ramsey is not a better player than Fabregas, but on form right now, I think he could do a better job. An intervention must take place for Cesc Fabregas, and I believe this drastic step is what the doctor is calling for. Hopefully he responds to the medicine.

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Writer:Brice Coffer
Date:Monday November 17 2008
Time: 2:45AM


I think it is harsh to blame Cesc's poor form just on him. When Flamini was in the side, he could concentrate on his strengths which are attacking and creating chances. Now he has Denilson alongside him, he has to defend much more and, of course, the attacking side of his game is lost. If you want to blame anyone, blame Wenger for failing to sign a decent partner for him!
17/11/2008 03:41:00
The scary thing is - I don't think he does need a rest. Watching the Spurs situation, with Ramos everyone thought the players were rubbish, and Surs were *****ed. It turns out, they're actually a very talented bunch! It needed a managerial change to bring out the best. I'm very, VERY afraid for Arsenal. Before this game, I was fine... but now I'm scared. Because Cesc is world class. He won the Euros with Spain. It's not down to him, it's - quite possibly - managerial decisions that are screwing with him. Gallas is also a good defender, but he's made to look pathetic in Arsenal. Would a Mourinho-managed Arsenal leak so many goals? I sincerely doubt it. I'm scared Wenger is losing the dressing room - for me it's the only rational explanation for this chaos. I hope I'm wrong. I really, really di.
17/11/2008 04:09:00
Codchops, I'm certainly not blaming it all on Cesc. Look at the article and I mention both reasons you identified.
17/11/2008 04:35:00
He's just playing badly, it happens. The lad will be fine, I think we're all trying to read too much into things and are coming up with reasons that aren't there. He'll get his form back soon enough, quality players always do.
Little Dutch
17/11/2008 06:27:00
I'm with you on giving Ramsey his chance alongside Cesc, every time he has played he has been superb.
17/11/2008 06:45:00
I know you mention playing Ramsey instead of Cesc but I personally think they are worth a try as a partnership.
17/11/2008 06:51:00
I agree with Brice, it could well be a combination of factors leading to Cesc's loss in form. I keep hoping he's just having bad days in the office, as LD said it happens, and try not to be too obsessed with asking why or reading too much into it. But Cesc is a strong character, it's been a surprise that he hasn't recovered after 3 months. I hope there's not much more to it. For now, Ramsey or Diaby can do a job in the middle. (Actually Nasri too, but I don't want to break up the understanding between him and Clichy on the left flank, when we're without Rosicky and Gibbs aren't ready for league games.)
17/11/2008 07:21:00
Cesc isn't playing as well as he has done or can do but he is only playing poorly by his own standards. The idea that 17 year old Ramsey, whatever his qualities, is developed enough to put in better performances than Cesc on a consistent basis is the sort of wishful dreaming that takes over supporters after a poor run of results but the expectations would almost certainly be squashed by the reality. Cesc will get back to form again because he is a very good player but we'll first have to find the midfield balance that allows him to play with confidence.
17/11/2008 09:00:00
This has prompted me to look out Cesc's PL stats for this season. He has only 2 assists in the PL but looking at minutes played he is making many more passes per playing time (up about 10%) than either of the last 2 seasons and with the same amount of accuracy 79%. His assists are fewer but he is creating more goal attempts per minute played - one every 25 minutes this season compared to every 30 minutes last season and 29 minutes the season before. The number of shots and shots on target he has are only slightly down on last season but up on the season before. He is also winning slightly more tackles per minute played this season than last. Whatever the numbers prove it shows that the problem lies elsewhere other than mental commitment from Cesc.
17/11/2008 09:46:00
Exactly Amos, while Ramsey has played well the past few times hes been on the pitch, he is 17 and will have many inconsistent games. In fact, that is exactly what our problem is, while I think the world of Walcott, Denilson and Nasri, they are too young and inconsistent to play in the same midfield at the same time. Replace any of them with their counterparts from last year, and you have a better team.
17/11/2008 14:45:00
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