Those of us who have been following the Gunners over the years know that the teams play is centred around their talismanic captain Cesc Fabregas. Almost all of the Gunners attacks pass through him. The Spaniard has been the fulcrum of the young Arsenal team producing stellar performances, most notably against Juventus, AC milan and Fenerbahce in the Champions League. Infact in the clash against the Turkish side, the Daily Mail started its report with an unequivocal declaration “Cesc Fabregas is the best playmaker in the world.”
The 24-year-old has shone both in the Gunners 4-4-2 formation in a deeper position and in an advanced role in the current 4-2-3-1 formation. Samir Nasri established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world whether while plying his trade on the wings or in the centre of the pack. The possibility of losing both players is a chilling one for the Gunners. But truth be said: Arsenal will miss Fabregas more than Nasri. But as his departure from Ashburton Grove becomes imminent, how would the Gunners line up without their talented skipper next season?
The first possibility will take into consideration the assumption that Nasri won’t leave. In this case, the Frenchman will be deployed in the position Cesc Fabregas holds currently. The only problem is that last season when Cesc was out and Wenger asked Nasri to fill in the void, the Gunners looked slow and lacked the killer passes hence couldn’t break down defences. This is because Nasri holds onto the ball more and wants to dribble in a situation where Cesc would have released a pass. This does not augur well for the Gunners as their game is technically pacy. That’s why on many occasions when Cesc was injured, Wenger employed either Czech captain Tomasz Rosicky or Welsh starlet Aaron Ramsey.
The other option will be to use either of the above two in that position. The only problem is that none of them is constitent enough. Rosicky rarely has 5 good games in a row although in my opinion, the little mozart is the best passer in the Premier League. Ramsey on the other hand produces his defence splitting passes once in a blue moon (you should note that am not talking of their injury records as Cesc too had a share of the nightmare).