February 14, 2010

Volver – The literal translation for this Spanish word is to return to a place.

In our heart of hearts, we gooners all appreciate young Cesc will have to return home to his motherland sooner rather than later.

It’s a fact. So lets not cry about.

Another fact is he will only have played for two football clubs when his career is over.

Forget the Real rumours, he will sign for Barcelona, and he will be managed by his childhood idol… namely Pep Guardiola.

However, if Barca were to sign him this coming summer they would have the same problem the Spanish national side have… how do you accomodate Xavi, Iniesta and Cesc in the same starting line up?

3 into 2?

Which is why I am confident we will saviour the ever growing abilities of our young captain for at least another season after this current one.

Cesc is not stupid, he has seen his buddies fly the nest and end up wrecking their careers whilst picking up weekly backside splinters via bench warming.

Xavi Hernandez, the current midfield lynchpin and orcherstrata in both the Barca and Spanish national midfield’s, turned 30 in recent weeks.  One could assume he has another 2-3 seasons before his first team berth could come under serious pressure.

Iniesta on the other hand turns 25 later this coming spring, so is about to peak.

Why would Cesc leave us now?  At 22, coming up 23, he has the perfect set-up.

See through the Arsenal project for another 2 or 3 seasons, whilst Xavi comes down from his lofty perch at the Camp Nou and sets up a comfortable first team slot for Cesc alongside Iniesta, Messi et al.

Go on Rodney, you know it makes sense… every one’s a winner!