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Time To Issue Barcelona An Ultimatum

Time To Issue Barcelona An Ultimatum

As the Cesc Fabregas saga rumbles on and on and on and on in such a tiresome manner that even I`m on the brink of just wanting him to go, I think the time has arrived for Arsenal to issue an ultimatum.

Yesterday the Barca "sporting director" Andoni Zubizarreta said that the Spanish giants wouldn`t comment any further on the Arsenal captain as they wished to remain respectful. Are you kidding me? After the past two years NOW they want to remain respectful?

Too little too late I`m afraid, in a little over a week we begin our campaign away at St James Park and to say the least our preparation has been hampered by this whole sordid affair.

What we need to to is to tell Cesc & Barcelona that unless a bid of at least £40m is lodged by the close of play on Friday then we will not entertain any more negotiations for the foreseeable future.

If they can`t muster up those readies then Cesc will continue as an Arsenal player, getting ready for the new season and then playing his arse off and earn his rather handsome paycheck.

We all know what Cesc is worth to us, and if we know we`re not going to sell him on the cheap then what is the point of continuing down a path that is only detrimental to one club?

Let`s start looking after ourselves and concentrating on the most important thing … The team.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Thursday August 4 2011
Time: 9:29AM


Totally agree. I rather think the deadline should've been set earlier, but I think Cesc's desire to go is rather strong this time and we've been trying to do right by him.
Little Dutch
04/08/2011 09:33:00
Yeah it should have been done much earlier, but we can't change the past, just the future. I love Cesc and what he has done for the club, but this is becoming so detrimental it's not even funny. We can't possibly wait any longer as if he's going we have to line up a replacement.
04/08/2011 09:38:00
I believe in 2 things right now. One of either Cesc or Nasri will leave, but that hinges on Cesc. The moment Barca give up, Nasri will be gone. The second thing I believe in is that IF Cesc does stay then he cannot be given the armband for the new season. Finished! His time as Captain of Arsenal is over as far as I'm concerned. My god but can things become any more painful this summer? My belief and reolve in Wenger and our current team is on shaky turf at the moment. I am trying, but it's becoming more and more difficult the closer we get to the start of the new season.
04/08/2011 10:11:00
I can't work out how Barca can be so happy to spend €46 mill plus Eto'o on Ibrahimovic, a deal worth up to €37 mil (if he performs) on Sanchez and Villa for €40 mil yet be too stubborn to spend £40 mil on Fabregas. I also can't see how Fabregas can't take that as an insult. Barca will happily cough up 'x' amount for the most overrated striker in the world yet not 40 mil, a modest price tag in todays market for someone of Cesc's ability, for Cesc 'Barca DNA' Fabregas.
04/08/2011 10:52:00
This saga coupled with our hectic pre season schedule may end up costing us a breezy start to the new season if we aren't vigilant. I think the club should now accept that by virtue of Cesc's preference to join only Barcelona, we have to accept a 35 million pound offer to end this saga. Yes it would 5 - 10 million less than what we were hoping for but it would be more harmful to let this saga continue and destroy what little momentum our team has going.
04/08/2011 10:59:00
What momentum Delta? Look I agree with you and I suspect we will end up letting him go for much less than we want just to be done with it and Arsenal will demand that the price be kept secret because they know how the fans will react to it. Baeca on the other hand will find a way to leak it so they can look good in the eyes of their fans. I must admit that I have lost all respect and admiration for Barcelona. I actually hate them because of the way they've acted over the last 2 years.
04/08/2011 11:27:00
What a pre-season we've had this term! It has been the most underwhelming I can remember, with all the uncertainty and gloom over the exact team we shall be taking into the season. We can't buy those we want at the first time of asking and can't sell those we want out, perhaps, because the buying clubs can't believe the salaries they are on. Something just has to give and I agree with the need for strict deadlines for all concerned, including Cesc. The gloves have to come off at some point.
04/08/2011 12:10:00
All i know is our season is *****ed up...Either ways.
04/08/2011 13:13:00
Could we perhaps look at the Vital question facing us. Are we actually going to sign anybody else that could improve this squad? Because to me it is looking increasingly unlikely isn't it? I mean the everton defender Phil whats his name has prefered to stay at a mid level team instead of testing himself at the highest level. That speaks a lot about the guy and based on that would we really want him? Bolton have confirmed that we haven't even lodged a bid for Cahill and valencia now say Mata will not leave. So what now???
04/08/2011 14:03:00
Trennon, while I dont know if we are interested in Cahill, if we indeed are, our bid will be lodged only a few days before the close of the window. Only then will Bolton agree to do business at 11-13 million. With regard to Mata, we are clearly likely to make a serious second bid only if/ when the Cesc mata is sorted out which is not entirely in our hands. The Fab transfer is key - the sooner it works out the better.
04/08/2011 14:27:00
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