When Cesc Fabregas first moved to Arsenal at just 16-years-old, he was quickly singled out as a unique talent. I’m sure you remember the fans cheering ‘he’s only 17, he’s better than Roy Keane’.
The Spaniard went on to make 303 appearances for The Gunners, scoring 57 goals and making 98 assists. He was made club captain and though he struggled to win silverware with Arsenal, he was clearly the best part of a largely mediocre side.
When he left, back in the summer of 2011, very few fans were surprised. He had been batting his eyelashes at Pep Guardiola and co. for a number of years and was clearly keen on a move back to his boyhood club. Since then he has made 151 appearances for the Spanish powerhouse, scoring 42 goals and making 48 assists.
He’s now 27-years-old and is arguably at the peak of his game. There’s a good argument to suggest that he’s one of the best attacking midfielders in the world.
Which is why it’s so interesting to see him get so strongly with a move back to Arsenal. The Mirror even recently ran an article suggesting that Barcelona are willing to do business with The Gunners. How quickly things change, eh?
If Arsenal are genuinely interested, it’s thought that Cesc would cost them as much as £30m. Unfortunately, they may also have to fight off interest from Manchester City.
But if Fabregas were offered a choice between The Etihad and The Emirates, it’s fairly clear what he’d pick. He’s an Arsenal man through-and-through and doesn’t seem to have a bad word to say about the club or Arsene Wenger. Why would he move to Manchester City where he could find himself squeezed out by other big money signings?
I’m sure that Arsenal fans will note that they don’t really need another midfielder. They’ve already got Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla among their ranks. But Cesc Fabregas remains a class above and he’s got plenty of Premier League experience. I could see him making a bigger impact than Ozil next season, were he to move to The Emirates.
This still looks like an unlikely one, but I certainly wouldn’t be disappointed if Arsene Wenger were to push it through.
What’s your take? Should The Gunners keep on chasing Cesc Fabregas? Is it time to let go of the past?
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