I'll be glad to see the back of all the Cesc saga regarding his transfer, but I certainly won't be glad to see the back of Cesc. You just have to look at the little details to realise how stupid the move is. Carroll going to Liverpool for £35 million, Kaka going to Real for more than Cesc+Nasri are leaving, and the mind blowing fact that Nasri at City could be earning twice what Cesc does at Barcelona.
As a club though, Arsenal have sold big players before and recovered admirably just as we will now. And As we look to find replacements for the outgoing pair, L'Equipe have said we've moved to Jadson. Another small attacking midfielder yes, but he has looked very good for Brazil and Shakthar over the last few years. Last season he scored 8 goals in 38 appearances.
Whether he could settle straight into the team as a direct replacement for either of the pair is yet to be seen though. The step up from the Ukrainian league to the Premier League is massive, and he'd need at least 6 months probably. Another name linked is Alan Dzagoev, but personally I'd rather Hazard, Mata, Gotze or someone. Although Hazard and Gotze both seem unlikely to leave this summer.
We will also use some of the 60 million we get a defender - or two - and yesterday we were met with news of an impending bid for Scott Dann. Dann is not the ideal person to sort out our defence, he is a decent defender but we want more than that. Dann is probably our 3rd or 4th choice in that position and may not even sign if we sort out deals for Cahill or Jagielka.
Over the international break, we don't seem too badly affected yet. Ramsey suffered a knock, but will hopefully be available, whist Gervinho came out unscathed after scoring 2 goals. Hopefully he can continue that form he's had in pre season right through the campaign.
On a final note, an interesting read from the Mirror as Gary Neville actually talks some sense! The main quote i can gather from it is:
"Arsene Wenger is still doing an excellent job."If Gary Neville of all people still has trust in Arsene, us fans should too.