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Those of you who suggested that only Flamini and Diaby can tackle should be reminded of the following Opta stats from last season, which read, for Arsenal players : "Passing Player Passes Pass % 1 Francesc Fabregas 2,585 81.3% 2 Gilberto Silva 1,907 82.0% 3 Kolo Toure 1,540 76.5% 4 Alexander Hleb 1,495 82.7% 5 Gaël Clichy 1,268 82.2% Crossing Player Crosses Cross % 1 Francesc Fabregas 178 28.7% 2 Robin Van Persie 92 21.7% 3 Gaël Clichy 77 14.3% 4 Tomas Rosicky 75 17.3% 5 Emmanuel Eboue 70 21.4% Tackling Player Tackles Tackle % 1 Gaël Clichy 135 81.5% 2 Francesc Fabregas 117 73.5% 3 Gilberto Silva 101 63.4% 4 Kolo Toure 88 73.9% 5 Alexander Hleb 82 76.8%Note that Cesc is not just a good passer, but a good tackler and crosser as well (although many of these were doubtless free kicks).
I am neutral on this issue.I agree that if there were to be a nice offer for him, we might already sold him. But now where can we place him?Center midfield have enough people, he has to show that he is good enough to penetrate it. Actually he did ok when he partner Cesc in center midfield when Viera, Edu and Gilberto injured.He also did ok when he cover the left back.Well, at least we have a coverage for center midfield and left back.