Reports are heating up that Cesc Fabregas is heading out the Camp Nou exit door with the Gunners holding the right for first refusal.
It’s well documented that Ivan Gazidis wrote in an iron-clad buy back option and have to be notified if Barcelona decide to sell. According to MARCA, the Catalan giants are set for a squad overhaul, with Cesc as well as Alexis Sanchez and former Gunner Alex Song set to be sold off to help fund some new big money arrivals.
The rumours seem a little premature, Barca have just brought in Luis Enrique at the helm and he could have other ideas about what to do with Cesc. The Spanish maestro was brought back in 2011 to gradually become the new Xavi, however has struggled to replicate his stunning north London form within the more rigid system in his homeland.
Cesc was even left out of the new 2014/15 kit promotion photo featuring the main Barcelona stars, similarly to Thiago last summer prior to his departure to Bayern Munich. This may be clutching at straws, but it seems he is more likely to head elsewhere this season after another turbulent season with his boyhood club.
Now, if he was to depart, can or will Arsenal pay the money to bring back their former talismanic captain?
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Some strong reasons why he will not re-sign with the Gunners
Well, the midfield is a well stocked area for the Gunners, Ramsey and Wilshere are the box to box options while Ozil and Cazorla are the attacking midfielders.
One reason why Wenger has reservations about buying certain players is their potential to halt the development of some of his prodigies. Wilshere has struggled to play in his favoured central midfield role for extended periods this season thanks to Ramsey’s incredible form, and will be even further down the pecking order should Cesc come back.
He would cost a bit and we do have some very important positions that need reinforcing before we go shopping for a luxury signing such as Cesc. But we have the cash, so if we can squeeze him in then we should do so.
How he would fit into Arsenal’s side.
At present he may struggle to walk into the starting lineup. Should Ozil or Ramsey be struggling for form or require some rotation, Fabregas would be a direct replacement for either of the two.
Arsenal’s persistent injury troubles means we will always need more depth in midfield, Fabregas was an absolute magician during his time in north London and working under Wenger again is the perfect place to reignite his status as one of the best midfielders in the game.
Cesc can also play on the wing if required as well as a false nine like he has a number of times during his time in Spain and with the national team. The bottom line is he will add a massive amount of depth and another midfield general into the mix. Not to mention sell a whole heap of shirts.
Here is one mouthwatering lineup that would incorporate Fabregas into our standard 4-2-1-2-1 next season:
Ramsey Arteta (/Flamini)
Fabregas and Ozil could interchange fluently, the German likes to drift out to the wing so would work seemlessly alongside the experienced Cesc. Now that’s a combo.
We cannot afford the likes of Manchester United or City acquiring him. He will be devastating, and unless he agrees to score own goals against us, we will be strengthening our enemies in a Van Persie-esk style. Let’s not repeat the same mistake!
As much as I’d love to see Cesc back at Arsenal, I can’t see it happening. Whether Luis Enrique actually decides to sell him is one thing, another is the fact that Arsenal have other priorities in the transfer market at present.
Fabregas’ team mates Alexis Sanchez or Pedro would represent more strategic acquisitions in terms of adding width to our centrally-minded midfield. Both are among the players in question for Barca’s overhaul. The most ideal solution is that Fabregas remains in Spain and looks for a transfer next summer perhaps?
As much as the mouthwatering lineup above is exciting, unfortunately I remain pessimistic over our chances of luring him ‘home’. What are your thoughts Gooners?