The speculation surrounding the future of Cesc Fabregas has been feverish this summer to say the least. The Gunners have apparently already rejected one bid of £29m for the 23-year-old but with the Catalan giants expected to keep up the pressure on the North Londoners to sell their prize asset, here’s 12 reasons why he just can’t say no to a return to his former club.
They are two Champions League trophies, one UEFA Super Cup, one FIFA Club World Cup, four Spanish league titles, one Spanish Cup and three Spanish Super Cups. That also happens to be Barca’s impressive haul of trophies that have found their way to Nou Camp since May 21st 2005 – a date indelibly etched in the minds of every Arsenal fan as the last time their side won anything.
And so, after a fifth trophyless season in North London where Arsene Wenger has insisted that glory is just around the next corner, Fabregas’s patience has now worn completely. Disillusioned by his sides’ failure to break the Chelsea/Man. Utd duopoly, the Gunners’ young playmaker is set for pastures new and a return to the side he left as teenager seven years ago.
His route out of the Emirates is complicated by the five years remaining on his contract but he craves the ambition of the Spanish club. There is plenty of talk of ambition at Arsenal but Wenger looks like he would rather jump off the Tower Bridge than sign a cheque in the order of £34m that Barca paid for David Villa or even the £20m offered by Man. City for James Milner.
Sadly, it looks as if Arsenal’s re-entry into the big spending ways of the Premiership has come too late. Wenger has been handed a £30m war chest to strengthen his side this summer in preparation for another charge on the title but with many of his compatriots in the Spanish national team and several family connections drawing him to the Iberian Peninsula, Arsenal’s manager will almost certainly have to pencil in another name on his summer wish list now to replace his prodigious skipper.
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