Today Sky Sports News had breaking news about Cesc Fabregas – that he was reportedly no longer wanted by Barcelona and the Catalan club have apparently told Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal that he can leave for £30 million (via The Telegraph).
It has been widely reported that Arsenal have first refusal on Cesc Fabregas, which was a clause we insisted on when we sold him to Barcelona in the summer of 2011.
After 6 seasons in Arsenal’s first team where he only has an FA Cup triumph to show for it, Fabregas has been pretty successful in Spain. Since leaving Arsenal he has won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Supercopa twice, the Super Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup.
Unfortunately for Cesc, he joined Barcelona as they were in decline. Before he signed they were undoubtedly the best time in the world, winning the Champions League in 2006, 2009 and 2011. They also won La Liga in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013. From 2006 to 2011 Barcelona were unstoppable, but now they need to rebuild and Cesc isn’t part of those plans.
Fortunately for the team he will join however, is that Cesc is still only 27 years old. He’s had 3 seasons at Barcelona which will give him invaluable experience and would have made him an even better player than the one that left the Premier League in 2011. In the 3 seasons before he left he was the Premier League’s best midfielder by a country mile. He had assists, goals and tackles in abundance. Make no mistake, wherever Cesc ends up will be getting a world class player who will improve them tenfold.
And that is why Arsene has to bring Cescy back. It’s a complete no brainer. This is a player that dominated games when he was at Arsenal, a player who scored goals for fun. The only argument (which is a weak one) is that we already have enough midfielders. That is complete tosh. Wilshere, Arteta, Ramsey, Özil, Flamini, Diaby and Rosicky have all been injured during last season and have been missed at times during the campaign. And if we truly want to compete with the very best in the country and in Europe, then we need a very strong squad. And besides, having Cesc back at Arsenal would give the whole team and club (as well as the fans) a massive lift, without breaking the bank.
If Cesc was being sold for £50 million then fair enough but £30 million? Compare that to the fee we paid for Özil and it’s not even worth discussing. Cesc would probably make up a lot of his fee in shirt sales alone! I don’t know what the specifics were in the clause but it looks like £30 million would be the maximum we’d have to pay.
And what about the alternative? Frankly, it’s something we can’t even contemplate.
If, Arsene Wenger loses the plot and doesn’t sign Cesc, then the consequences would be disastrous. Imagine Cesc playing for City, United or Chelsea? Jesus Christ.
Apart from making our direct rivals much, much stronger, it would be devastating to see him wear something other than an Arsenal shirt. You have players like Samir Nasri, Emmanuel Adebayor, Robin van Persie and Ashley Cole who disrespected the club and you don’t really care about them moving on. But Cesc? That would be truly heart breaking.
Arsene, over to you.