The Spaniard is set to leave Barcelona this summer, with the midfielder heavily linked with a move to Chelsea. The Gunners have first refusal on his signature after inserting a clause in his contract upon his departure in 2012.
However, Arsenal have reportedly rejected the opportunity to re-sign Fabregas and Keown feels that the decision was understandable considering the rich talent available in the attacking midfield department.
According to Talk Sport, he said:
I’m not surprised [they don’t want to re-sign him].
After Fabregas left, Arsene had to invest time in someone else and he doesn’t want to block their path if Fabregas comes back.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is someone who can play in that central midfield position as well as Jack Wilshere of course.
Wenger probably feels he’s more than catered for in that attacking midfield area – it’s a defensive midfielder that’s going to be more purposeful in that Arsenal squad now.
I do believe Fabregas would improve any team in the world so of course, he deserves special consideration but there are only so many £30m players you can buy every summer.
Arsene Wenger has just signed a new three-year contract and I’m not sure he’ll be signing another one so he might think if he’s going to spend £30m, he would prefer it to be on a centre forward than another midfielder.
The Gunners have plenty of top class talent in the midfield and many would rightly question whether we actually need him. However when a talent as good as Fabregas is available you can never be too full, as the instant quality that the Spaniard would bring to the team is unquestionable. His arrival will give us a player who is conversant with Wenger’s style of play, having been at the centre of their attack during his time in England.
Signing him will mean that Wenger will be able to rotate his midfielders from game to game without sacrificing quality. His preferable position is behind the striker, but he can also play anywhere in the midfield which will mean that Arsenal can rest Ozil, Ramsey and Cazorla without actually changing anything in terms of flair.
Arsenal’s lack of quality depth cost them the title, they were hindered by the lack of options on the bench. Would Fabregas be an addition and an asset to the Gunners in terms of quality? Yes. Star players give any club an extra lift and the Spaniard will have the same effect on the North London side. There is no reason why Arsenal shouldn’t buy him back.
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