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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Former Gunners hero sees life after Cesc

The constant speculation about the future of Arsenal midfielder and captain Cesc Fabregas shows no sign of abating, but one former Gunners star thinks the club would survive without their talisman.

While the Spanish midfielder is away with his national side preparing to help them justify their tag as World Cup favourites, the media frenzy linking Fabregas with a move to Barcelona rolls on.

Many Gunners fans could be worried that without their captain and star player the club may struggle to battle for the Premier League title, however former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann believes the club would survive without the Spain star.

The former German international is also sure Arsene Wenger would be able to find the right replacement for Fabregas to help drive the club forward in the coming years.
"Of course, it would be a disappointment for the Arsenal fans and the club [if Fabregas was to leave] because he was the main man during recent years," Lehmann said.

"But you have to move on as a club and if players want to move, you can't force them to stay. I think Arsene Wenger will find a good replacement if he leaves - probably some more mature players - and they will be up for the title again."

While most of the media attention focused on the Gunners has resolved around their star midfielder, Wenger is likely to have spent time looking at new defensive options to replace his ageing stars like Sol Campbell, William Gallas and Mickael Silvester.

The football betting suggests Arsenal will be in the mix for the title again next season, but Wenger knows changes must be made.

On the Arsenal season review DVD the French manager said his defence needs to make "basic improvements" and he would be spending the "right money" to rectify these problems.

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