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Fabregas Fancies Alonso Link-up

Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas says he'd love to link up with fellow Spaniard, Xabi Alonso at club level and hopes that Gunners gaffer Arsene Wenger will seal the deal this summer.

The Gunners have lost a large number of high profile experienced players in recent seasons and Fabregas believes it's time to add some extra quality, and thinks Alonso would be the perfect partner.

'We have lost big players, but the boss knows what he is doing,' said Fabregas.

'The days of signing a new player aren't finished. We need someone in the middle to make competition and make a difference, plus give us a new dimension. I think that is all we need. The rest is perfect.'

'Xabi would be great. He's experienced and can score goals. I'm sure the boss is aware of that fact.'

After a couple of transfer windows trying to lure Alonso to North London I really can't see this one materialising, especially after Xabi had a blinding season as was arguably one of Liverpool's best players ....... not to mention the fact that Rafa has already said he doesn't want to sell.

Still, this time of year is always about dreaming eh Cesc?




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Date:Monday June 1 2009

Time: 9:05AM

Your Comments

I think this will depend much in Barry. If liverpool get Barry i can see us getting Alonso. If not we might get Barry. I dont think Liverpool would just let him leave unless they had a world class replacement in place first
paul_ownz
You can take the boy out of Barcelona but you can't take the Barcelona out of the boy I suppose. Talking about other club's players grinds my gears somewhat. Jesus I hate close season, someone wake me up in August. *Hits snooze button, rolls over and snores like a champion*
Little Dutch
Not as much as me. Being infront of a PC all day i probably look at the newsfeed 10 times a day. When you spread that over 10 weeks with news, reports, interviews changing every hour. Its easier said than done to not look at the feeds though...
paul_ownz
the news feeds are doing my head in...problem is i'm hooked. dont know how to stop reading all the rubbish out there...its so silly speculating about Barry/Alonzo so early...only for them not to come in. it would be so good to tap into Wengers thoughts right now..who knows he may just be thinking of what wines to purchase for the summer..lol
number14
Sorry Cesc. Ain't happening. ;)
Aamir
In all honestly i predict Alonso will be at Real madrid next season
paul_ownz
There is a big chance that'll happen but Rafa has said Alonso will not leave. And when Rafa says a player will not leave, that player does not leave!
Aamir
Benitez has consistently denied there is a chance of Alonso moving on. He's just had arguably his best season for Liverpool. But in any case, why would the Scousers sell to Arsenal? There would be a queue of clubs offering more cash than Arsenal would.
Sindbad
Some statistics from Arsenal vision..quite interesting really.......... Appearances: Denilson (37), Alonso (33) Tackles Won: Denilson (103), Alonso (62) Tackles Lost: Denilson (28), Alonso (27) Goals Scored: Denilson (3), Alonso (3) Goals Assisted: Denilson (7), Alonso (4) Total/Accurate Passes: Denilson (2535/2204) 89%, Alonso (2482/2076) 83%
number14
thats why i don't really see this happening number14. Alonso didn't really play the defensive/tackling role for pool this year (that was Mascherano). Don't get me wrong, Alonso is great at what he does... we just don't really need him. Unless of course Aresene is planning on playing a 433 the whole time next year.
TPowell
I take it that Cesc feels Alonso would be a good partner for him in midfield because he knows him personally, and has played with him in the NT. I think Cesc has been wanting to duplicate the kind of bonding/understanding/communication that existed with his midfield teammates from last season, and has been disappointed that the same kind of bond hasn't developed this season with Denilson or Song. Perhaps he feels he can develop that with Alonso. So regardless of Denilson's achievements as compared to Alonso, maybe Cesc feels Alonso brings something else. (A lot of Denilson's passing was static, sideways and backwards). I'm really not sure what the best thing is for our midfield, whether to stick with the improving players we already have or to buy. What concerns me more is what AW plans to do with Cesc -- will he persist with this experiment in turning Cesc into a support striker? Tbh, given AW's many experiments throughout last season, I'm entirely mystified as to the shape of our team next season. For much of this season, it didn't even look like AW knew who his best XI were. I don't think I've ever seen AW experiment so much in one season with so many different players, formations and positions, esp. in midfield.
jaelle
A good player but nothing more than an accomplished Denilson. I always thought we needed energy, drive, power and tackling in midfield, would Alonso (as good as he is) provide any of that?
LondonGooner
No. Barry would probably be better. I personally would take yaya, but the chance of him coming now are slim now they have won the treble.
paul_ownz
Barry is the obvious choice. Alonso would not be a good buy if I am honest. We would ship even more goals.
Tom14
now signing Alonso would make you dangerous!
merlin
SUBJECT: Arsenal can't afford to buy any players this summer. Discuss...
Fanman
Cesc said the exact same thing last summer, so I wonder if this quote is simply rehashed. I dont like it when players talk like this, and we get annoyed when an Arsenal player is spoken of in this manner. In any case, Alonso stands a greate chance of moving to Madrid than anywhere else.
prits
Fanman - you're wrong! As for this subject, I'd love Alonso, but I really can't be bothered with speculation. I'll comment again when we sign someone.
navydave
SUNJECT: Fanman hasn't got a scoob what he's talking about, lets not discuss. Knob.
LondonGooner
Cesc needs to realise this isn't championship manager and that the manager knows better than he does. Alonso is the last thing we need right now.....even I can see that.
LondonGooner
I don't like it when any player speaks, but when they talk sillyness, it is even worse.
Tom14
Ok. If we could have any 3 available players, or players who are likely to come to Arsenal, which 3 would you go for? I would say Villa to replace Adebayor, Valencia need the cash and he wants to play in the premiership. The money for Adebayor should mean we dont have to dip to much in to our own funds to get him. Zapata could be prized away from Udinese, he is a strong no nonsense centre back. Gareth Barry as he wants a new challenge, play CL football and he is down to 1 year left on his contract. 10 mil could be enough.
paul_ownz
LG why don't we need Alonso?
navydave
It does leave a bad taste in the mouth when one of our players says stuff like this, particularly when we have been subjected to so much of this subliminal tapping up ourselves. But Ive reached the point where my principles are weary and where I cannot see the value of them, especially when they are beyond the appreciation of others. So watching and listening to individuals who bend the rules to gain an advantage (not just in the football world either), and seeing them succeed without any punitive consequences, I think Cesc is doing exactly the right thing. The example has been set so lets follow our leaders.
Sir Henry
We don't need him because he is far from the player that we so "desire". And we cannot afford Villa in any way shape or form.
Tom14
Barry is off to Man City (SSN) if this deal happens Alonso isnt going anywhere.
iceman10
I think we could get villa for 30m - 20m for Adebayor. It wont happen, but we could afford it.
paul_ownz
When we sell Ade, I'm not sure Villa is the man to replace him unless AW has severe misgivings about Eduardo ever coming back to his old self. I think we'd need to replace Ade with another target man and make said replacement a Plan B type player. Part of our problem this year has been that Ade did so well last year, that the target man became our Plan A. I'm not sure Villa offers anything van Persie and Eduardo don't. I think there are more pressing areas of concern.
Little Dutch
Hm, I thought Barry wanted CL football...so he goes to Man City. Ok, whatever. I'd like to see a hardman in midfield, an organizer and shouter, a guy with incredibly energy and who opponents hate. Cana's not a bad choice in that regard, just don't know if he could make it in England.
jaelle
Would love us to sign Benzema or Pato to replace Ade but cant see it happening.
iceman10
LG why don't we need Alonso? navydave - Creating chances and scoring goals is not our problem, stopping them is and much of that is to do with having unsuitable players in the deep defensive role or atleast not having a box to box type player. Alonso provides nothign of what we need and a lot of what we have already. Ok so it would be nice to have him, but you cannot play him alongside cesc in the middle of a 4 man midfield as that would leave the defence hideously exposed. Mascherano is the man doing that job at Liverpool and Alonso is the one creatign chances form the middle. We have Cesc for that mate. That's how I see it anyway. What about you fella?
LondonGooner
Yeah i would like to see the duck at Arsenal too
paul_ownz
My striking choice would be Dzeko because I made the effort to watch his last two games... WHAT A PLAYER! Or what a cr@p league?
Tom14
I like Dzeko a lot (and Pato too, but Milan will never sell him and I don't think he wants to leave Milan, he loves it there). I like the Bundesliga and enjoyed watching it this season more than usual. Difficult to say if Dzeko can make it in England, tho.
jaelle
Heysus! Im a 'Spud' for God's sake! I post a comment like that and no comeback... Why did I even bother....
Fanman
Precisely....why DID you even bother?
SUX2BU
Pato? Nah, I'd prefer Plato. ***** at football, but the post match interview would be a bit more entertaining.
Little Dutch
I see more bs in the tabloids saying cesc is leaving to go to barca for 40 mil....anything to sell a paper losers.....maybe toure in the opposite direction with arshavin taking cescs place? O really???
lukychmz
I hear we are swapping Arshavin, Fabregas & Van persie for Bojan, Sylvinho & some unheard youth player
paul_ownz
Yeah, I heard that the Moon is made of cheese and some dish ran away with a spoon?????????!!!!!
hackneyval
 

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