What Effect Did The Pre-Season Games Have On Fabregas And Nasri?


This has hardly been one of our best pre-seasons in recent years. Whether you accept it or not, there is a very pessimistic vibe around the club now-a-days. Anxiety mixed with tension from practically throwing away our title hopes last season still remains. The lack of signings so far, especially in the defensive department, is not helping at all. On top of that, we just lost a trophy in our own tournament which featured far weaker teams than previous pre-seasons.

Of course, the boos were unnecessary and uncalled for. It’s just another pre-season game, after all. The whole point of the matches was to improve fitness levels, try out different formations and experiment with different combinations of players.

I think there were a number of reasons why some of the fans were upset:

1)     Szczesny, Djourou and even Wenger himself have been saying how they have been practicing to avoid conceding silly goals. But, in none of the pre-season games did this show. All we saw was the same shaky Arsenal defense giving away comfortable leads and conceding at the most awkward times. At the moment, it looks like the ‘one defender’ Wenger promised may not be enough.

2)      Arsenal has been poor in most of the pre-season games so far. Yet after each match, Wenger would come out and praise the team as if it was all fine and well. He even managed to squeeze in some ridiculous comments such as ‘we managed to play well for 60 minutes’. Sometimes I feel Wenger intentionally tries to anger the fans! I just hope he acts differently in the dressing room.

3)      According to Wenger, this is supposed to be our ‘most important transfer window’ in a long time. Yet, so far, there is hardly anything that’s been done in the transfer market to A) strengthen our defence and B) replace players who have or are yet to leave.

4)      Squillaci

So, losing the Emirates Cup was pretty disappointing and some fans certainly overreacted to the situation. But there are some delusional fans that have hardly reacted. I remember reading some of the post-match tweets saying stuff like ‘Glad that we didn’t win the Emirates Cup, now the players will want to win the PL title even more’. I’m sorry, it’s one thing to be spiritual but that’s just absurd. How can anyone justify losing/drawing in any game, regardless of its triviality, as being positive?

Some fans went on to say things like ‘I’m glad we are playing this bad, at least this will help Wenger realize how weak the team is!’ If you ask me, losing a pre-season game is hardly something which will bring Arsene to realize the problems within the team. If throwing away 4-0 leads and making ludicrous defensive errors in actual competitive cup matches did not bring Wenger to reality, a mere pre-season friendly surely wouldn’t!

In any case, all this pessimism brought me to think about the Cesc and Nasri situation. Both are apparent want-aways but both have different reasons to leave.

Cesc wants to leave the club to play for his boyhood club Barcelona. In fact he wanted to leave for quite some time now. Reportedly, Fabregas was ready to leave Arsenal last year but cunning Arsene convinced him otherwise. Arsene bought Fabregas for one more year saying that Arsenal would win trophies the following season. Cesc was already frustrated with the lack of trophies after serving for Arsenal since he was sixteen, but he couldn’t say ‘no’ to the man who made his career. So that was that, one more year for Cesc. But as we all know, the trophies never arrived and things are now more unstable than ever in the Cesc transfer saga.

The Nasri situation is quite different. Although it’s clear Nasri is reluctant to sign a new contract, the reason for not signing is still obscure. Some say that Nasri is a typical sports mercenary and is holding up for a big-wage contract offer while others say he would not commit to a club who are not winning trophies and furthermore doing hardly anything to change that.

Surely the current way Arsenal are playing is not helping either of the situations. The same old problems shroud the team and this seems to be clear to all but Wenger. In the last game, Nasri seemed to be in all sorts of disarray. His mind never seemed to be in the game. Cesc  reportedly left the match during half time. The fans losing hope in the team is one thing, but when players themselves lose hope, it’s something completely different.

But, maybe things aren’t as bad as they look. Maybe we will perform when it’s required for us to perform and maybe things will be done to fix all the issues before the start of the season. Maybe…

 

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    • shepherd
    • August 1st, 2011

    we have failed to deliver when it matters for tha lasr 6years and with kind of performances we saw this past weekend we are doomed. Our star players know the rot within the team and who can blame them for wanting to leave. Maybe wenger is not a professor after all, he inherited a good sqiad when he jooned and now has no idea how to proceed. We need to face to reality and maybe get someone who can get the players we need, dont kill me here, i said maybe make a juniors’ coach for he only prefers yougsters.

    • Ochem Chidi
    • August 1st, 2011

    95% of the current Arsenal squad don’t have winning mentality Arsene wenger & Peter Hill-Wood inclusive.last season it was sunderland,spurs & newcastle to mention but a few.playing poker with our emotions by dropping points anyhow as if FA will order for those matches to be replayed or award the points to arsenal on sentiment.as if that’s not enough,our boys (Nasri inclusive) gave birmingham a send forth present (carling cup) as if we have FIFA world cup in our kitty.Arsene Wenger should forget about who is leaving & concentrate only on those he’ll add to strenghten our team.

    • eve
    • August 1st, 2011

    the problem with arsenal isnt arsene, we have a fantastic squad (if cesc n samir stay) even better, im sorry, but if i was continually told i was no good, and pressure was put on me from every angle to succeed and win, and the constant, its been 1,2,3,4,5,6 years without silverware add to that more pressure from pesimistic fans, im surprised they got as far as they did last season. if the fans and especially the media lay off arsenal and let them do what they do best, entertain us with their beautiful football, to start enjoying the game more, the wins will come, followed by the trophies. have faith fellow gooners, be OPTOMISTIC, it will rub off on the team.

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