Villarreal’s Santi Cazorla is reportedly part of Wenger’s plans for rebuilding the midfield if and when Fabregas leaves for Barcelona.
With the Catalan giants claiming that any deal for Fabregas is “dead” – reminiscent of last summer where they denied interest in the Arsenal playmaker only to constantly tap him up through the press – the Gunners are being cautious of any movements.
Cazorla fits the bill in theory: ambidextrous, impressive pace and flair as well as being able to manipulate the tempo of a game; he’s not shy of a goal or two either. A key factor in Villarreal’s 2nd place finish in 2008 he rejected the interest of Real Madrid and seems to have his heart set on the Premier League.
With Liverpool also looking into his availability Arsenal will have to act out of character after becoming synonymous with frugality. With Wenger one of the clubs most assiduous auditors youth development has been preferred to ostentatious shows of wealth but he may be forced to spend if Fabregas departs.
Whilst seeming illogical that part of the process of replacing Fabregas would involve a winger the creativity and versatility of Cazorla would give Arsenal’s midfield an extra dimension. It’s safe to say that Wenger would also look into the possibility of signing another midfield playmaker such as Hamsik of Napoli or possibly Henderson of Sunderland but Cazorla would be a great buy.
It would be naive of Arsenal to take a rather capricious Barcelona at face value and I would expect Wenger is braced for another summer of fending off Fabregas’s boyhood club – including the worse case scenario.