I think it is fair to say that Arsenal fans are feeling a little frustrated and worried at the moment.
With the Gunners exit door proving much busier than the entrance, they fear their side is slowly being dismantled with no readymade replacements coming in.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is not one to listen to the calls of fans or journalists – in fact it makes him more determined to follow his own path, namely the development of young players rather than paying over the odds for more established stars, adding to the fans frustrations.
The departure of captain Cesc Fabregas is perhaps the most painful of all the players to leave the club this summer. The Spaniard is one of the club’s most talented ever players and a real crowd favourite, as well as being the hub of his team. It is an undoubted blow for Arsenal to see him in a Barca shirt. Those who bet on the Premier League will notice they have slipped down the rankings this season.
However, while the door has closed on Fabregas’ Arsenal career the door could open still further for Jack Wilshere.
The talented midfielder became a regular in the first team last season, as well as earning his first caps for England.
He is widely tipped by many – including Fabregas – to become a future captain of his country and therefore a key player for Arsenal.
With their captain gone and Samir Nasri also expected to leave there will be greater pressure on Wilshire to try and carry Arsenal’s creative burden.
However, from what we have seen so far of the 19-year-old he looks well capable of filling Fabregas’ shoes. The football betting also suggests he is a ready made replacement.
He has a steady temperament, a good touch, excellent vision and creativity – all the attributes required for a successful attacking midfielder.
Cesc may have gone but a good season for young Jack and the fans may soon forget about the Spaniard.