With Xavi approaching his dotage then surely Cesc is going to be even more important to Barcelona and his assists and goal scoring stats have been very impressive since he joined them. For me it just doesn't make senses to sell a player who is just approaching his prime when Barcelona need to build for the future. Those same rumours would also have us believe Cesc is available at a price of approximately €30 million which is less than they paid Arsenal for him in 2011.
Let's just suppose Cesc is available this summer and consider what should be done. It's common knowledge that Arsenal have first option on him if Barcelona are to sell him and from what I understand they would get him for a price similar to the one they paid Arsenal in 2011. It's a price Arsenal can afford and a transfer they would be crazy to turn their noses up at in my opinion.
In his years at Arsenal Cesc was an exceptional player and almost carried the team on his own at times. He would not require any time to settle into the style of play in the Premier League and he is one of the best players in the world. With him in the squad Arsenal's midfield would be the envy of almost every team in the world and the boss could avail of some genuine rotation in the midfield. Players like Cesc, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla would have the chance to rest when it's needed without the team suffering.
The thought of seeing Cesc in any other Premier League team is one which I would find incredibly hard to take and one which would be a blow to Arsenal's chances of winning the league. I'm not suggesting Arsenal should sign Cesc just to stop him joining a rival, but the thought of Arsenal having to play against him should give the boss the extra incentive to buy him. I can't think of any team which wouldn't be improved by signing Cesc and players of his ability are few and far between.
How often can Arsenal make an approach for a top class player and know they won't be usurped by one of the many oil rich teams. They have money to spend from new sponsorship and shirt deals as well as the extra TV money which every Premier a League team is now getting. Maybe a midfielder isn't the first item on this summer's shopping list, but the team will only be better if they sign Cesc. For me Arsenal just cannot turn down the opportunity to sign a player who will make them a better team.
Of course the club still have to sign a striker, a right back, a defensive midfielder and a centre back too and that's going to cost a fair amount of money. The club have been frugal with their money for far too long now and some real investment this summer is not only needed but could be just what's required to go the distance next season and for a few more seasons too. Arsenal came close in the league last season and won the cup and now they need to challenge right up to the end in the league.
If they sign Cesc I think that will be the first step in the right direction and will hopefully help them to attract other players too. Any striker would surely want to sign for a team where he had both Ozil and Cesc ready and willing to create chances for him and there are few players in world football who can match their stats for making chances. It would be a striker's dream to have those two players setting him up time after time and Arsenal could become a goal scoring machine with the right striker in front of Cesc and Ozil.
I might be a little biased towards Cesc I suppose, but that's hardly surprising as my blog was originally titled "Cesc Is God" when it started almost six years ago. The title had to change when Cesc left and it won't be changing back if he returns, but I would be a very happy man to see him in an Arsenal shirt again. I can only hope Arsene Wenger feels the same way too and brings him back to the club where he truly belongs.
That's it for today.
See you tomorrow.