Former Barcelona player Andrea Orlandi has also decided to chip in on the Cesc Fabregas transfer saga, but rather by completely shafting his old team mates recent comments by urging Cesc to stop making the biggest mistake of his life and stay at the Emirates.
Orlandi, 26, is a vertasile left footed midfield player who was on loan at Barcelona in 2005 to 2007 from Deportivo Alaves and has uttered words quite familiar to Arsenal ears, supporting what most Arsenal fans have already said about Cesc’s move to Barcelona.
The Swansea player had this to say: “Cesc is a great player and one of the best midfielders in the world, but I think when you are a captain at a team like Arsenal then I would stay at the club.
“Arsenal are one of the best clubs in Europe and Cesc is the boss there, but when you go to a team like Barcelona, you have to go and prove yourself all over again because they have Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets in the midfield.
“It won’t be easy for him to get into the team and it would be a really tough move for him.
“Barcelona could play Iniesta in the three up front but they are also signing Alexis now so that would mean Iniesta will have to play in midfield. There won’t be enough space for Cesc – he will just be one more player.
“I know he is from Barcelona and I have the same feelings – you always want to go back to the city and the club. It is the best club in the world so I can understand why he’d want to go.
“I can also see that he would want to go now because it’s a great period for trophies and success at Barcelona. I can’t tell him what to do but I would stay at Arsenal.”
The words above sum up what most Arsenal fans think would happen to our talismanic captain if he were to complete the move back to his home clu and after 3 rejected bids, the last of which being £35m, the saga is turning out to be farce with Barcelona simply unwilling to pay Arsenal’s valuation of £4om.
If indeed Barce cough up the £4om though, I would have no regrets about him leaving the club, but I certainly have the feeling Fabregas might. In his time at Barcelona I have no doubt he will win trophies, but to say he would have earned the right to wear those championship medals is a whole other story with the likelihood of him warming the bench pretty high.