Arsene Wenger is always good for giving us talking points here in the Football Transfer Tavern, and the Arsenal manager has done it again with Massimo Marioni of Metro telling us that Wenger believes Cesc Fabregas will return to the Gunners in the future.
The 25-year-old midfielder left the Emirates Stadium in 2011 to join Barcelona in a £30 million deal – a move that still hurts Arsenal fans.
But Wenger has not ruled out a possible return for his former captain in the future.
“I’m not convinced Fabregas won’t come back here one day,” Wenger said.
“He’s an Arsenal man. He loves Arsenal. He watches every Arsenal game. Barcelona was his home town where he grew up and you have to accept this, especially as Barcelona are the best team in the world.”
“He won’t return in the next two or three years but, after that, maybe.”
“It was the tipping point for me. It’s important that we have some consistency. When you go for a policy like we have with young players, it’s important you keep them at your club from 23 onwards. If they are ingrained with Arsenal, it is easier to keep them.”
Of course, Arsenal boast another creative Spanish midfielder in their current ranks in the form of Mikel Arteta but the Gunners have been rocked by the news that the former Everton man will remain on the sidelines for the rest of the month. Abou Diaby returned from injury himself to deputise for the Spaniard during yesterday’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City which leaves the North London outfit six points off of fourth place and arch-rivals Tottenham.