You have to love Arsene Wenger’s business talk. You can see he knows a thing or two about business even though he is a football manager. I think Arsene would feel at home as the CEO of an LSE listed company. During the Asia tour, Wenger answered some questions sent his way and he responded very well in business terms. One question which stood out for me was when he was asked what he does when he feels a player needs to released by the club.
I could feel that they were referring to what Wenger would do if Fabregas and / or Nasri leave this summer and how they would be replaced.
The question he was asked is, “When do you say, ‘I have to let him go’?
Wenger’s answer was:
“When he starts to disturb the efficiency of the company and only you as a boss will know that. Sometimes it’s difficult to know, because when a guy is very important at a company, the natural run of that company goes through him. That has a disadvantage too, because it keeps other employees with qualities quiet. Then if this guy goes, sometimes you see others step up and take responsibility and you didn’t even know they had it. Sometimes you have to take these decisions without really knowing what will happen afterwards. It’s always better to get rid of someone who is too disturbing rather than keep him because he has the quality.”
You can see this answer had ‘Fabregas’ written all over it. The last sentence: “It’s always better to get rid of someone who is too disturbing rather than keep him because he has the quality.”
As much as we may hate to say it, Fabregas is disturbing Arsenal right now. All this talk about his future is taking all the attention and focus away from the club. And no matter how good a player is, if he is disturbing the club then best to get rid of him and maybe that will even give other players a chance to step up.