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Fabregas Linked With Stunning Arsenal Return – Report
Arsenal are interested in signing former skipper Cesc Fabregas after his future at Barcelona was thrown into doubt this weekend, writes the Daily Mail.
Fabregas made a £35m move back to the Nou Camp in 2011 after eight years at Arsenal where he made over 300 appearances for the club. However, although he’s won a number of trophies with the Catalans, including the La Liga title, his time has back at his boyhood team has been anything but smooth.
Fabregas has often been forced to play out of position either out wide or up front in a ‘false 9′ position, and it’s affected his performances on the pitch. He’s still got a very healthy 13 goals and 15 assist this season but that’s not been enough to satisfy the Nou Camp faithful, who are showing increasing signs of frustration towards the 26-year-old.
Cesc is frequently jeered by his own fans and has been booed off the pitch on several occasions this season, with team mate Andres Iniesta admitting that it’s become an uncomfortable situation:
‘Of course it hurts to see Cesc jeered. You try to ignore it and hope it does not happen, but these situations are not comfortable.’
Now the fans have made their feelings even clearer after a poll of over 140,000 fans conducted by Marca showed that 50% of Barca supporters would like to see Fabregas sold this summer (80% want Alex Song gone!).
Cesc’s body language has been showing clear signs of frustration this season and I really wouldn’t be surprised at all if he was up for a move away at the end of the season. Arsene said last summer, when we were being linked with a move, that ‘his information was Cesc would stay at least another season’.
Many newspapers claimed back in July that Wenger had personally spoken to Fabregas and told him he’d do all he could to bring him back to Arsenal if he wanted to come. Could this become a reality this summer? Could Arsene tempt him back to north London?
Obviously the major stumbling block is going to be the fact that Barcelona won’t sell unless their transfer ban is lifted, but several journalists feel the ban will at least be reduced if not lifted altogether. The other issue would be price, but we have up to £100m to spend so the money is there if the club want to do a deal.
I know some fans still harbour some feelings towards him for the way he left, but I would love to him back at the club. He’s probably not the ideal player we need right now, but you just couldn’t say no to having him back.
Fabregas and Rambo behind Ozil next season? That could be tasty!