Winterburn: If Arsenal get the right offer for Fabregas, he will leave
Written by Renzo on May 5, 2011 4:45
Former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn believes the Gunners will sell Cesc Fabregas during the summer transfer window, if the right offer is made.
Writing on his weekly Islington Gazette column, the 47-year explained that no radical changes are needed at Arsenal but there is still a big question mark hanging over the future of the captain, who, according to reports, will again be offered a contract by Spanish giants and Champions League finalists Barcelona.
The Englishman added that if the 23-year old decides to leave it will not be a “disaster” in midfield because even though the Spaniard is a world-class player, “no player has ever been bigger than the club”.
Winterburn concluded by looking at Manchester United and the way they kept winning after selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid, saying that a Fabregas-less midfield would balance up things for Arsenal in the middle of the field.
Ahead of this summer’s transfer window, the 47-year old said:
Arsene Wenger does not need to change everything, but one big question mark hangs over Fabregas.
His comments last week, whatever he really said, smacked of frustration and we all know Barcelona will come calling again this summer.
Nobody at the club will admit it, but if they get the right offer I feel there is every chance he will go this time. But if he does, it may not be the disaster everyone thinks it will be.
Fabregas is a world-class player, one of the best, but no player has ever been bigger than the club.
Look at Manchester United, they lost Cristiano Ronaldo who was scoring 50 goals a season, and they carried on. Arsenal are the same, and it may even help balance up that midfield.