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Franckly, there’s only one replacement for Fabregas


SOCCER-ENGLAND/ARSENALEvents, dear boy, events… If they can blow governments off course, they can blow the plans of football managers right out of the water. Just ask Arsene Wenger.

The Arsenal manager thought he was building, slowly but surely, an Arsenal team that could go one better than the 2006 side that lost the Champions League final to Barcelona.

Unperturbed by the departure of Thierry Henry, Wenger chose to construct his new team around Cesc Fabregas, bolstered by carefully considered signings like Samir Nasri and Andrei Arshavin, and with a whole generation of youngsters making cases for places alongside them.

But as the wait for a first league title since 2004 has dragged on, so the criticism of Wenger’s slowly-but-surely policy has grown.