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Window Weekly: Is Wenger Right to Reject Fabregas?

Weeks ago news emerged that Spanish superstar Cesc Fabregas was wanted rid of by the Barcelona hierarchy (or that Fabregas wanted out of Barcelona), and with it followed the inevitable numerous rumours concerning which club he would be settling at next.

Initially, the most prolific rumour was that Fabregas would be making a sensational return to London-based Arsenal. However, the rumours did not materialize and it was soon realized that Arsenal had ditched a pursuit of their former captain.

Fabregas’s release clause is said to be at around £30 million, which is a huge sum considering Arsenal’s record transfer fee before last Summer stood at roughly £16 million.

Despite the Spanish midfielder being a fan favourite at the Emirates, he is not the type of player that Arsene Wenger and Arsenal are looking to sign in the summer transfer window. Arsenal are in desperate need of a proven midfielder, however not one with the attributes the Barcelona player possesses.

The view that Arsenal’s shortcomings in previous years have been due to a lack of quality in the defensive midfield position has been well documented, and as well as Fabregas not carrying the skills to fit that role, he is also very similar to a large number of players that are already playing for Arsene Wenger’s Red and White army. The £30 million would certainly be many times more efficient if spent on areas Arsenal are lacking in.

Arsenal’s Reasons not to sign Fabregas:

Arsenal already rich in attacking midfield quality, and need defensive midfielders.

The Signing could disrupt the settlement of players such as Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Özil and affect overall team chemistry.

The Money will be more far more usefully spent on players to play up front and in defensive midfield.

There will be however a large proportion of Gooners that will be furious with ‘Le Professeur’ for not committing to the signing of one of the world’s best players. Some will argue that he will bring not just depth to the squad, but added quality, despite the brilliance of Ramsey and Özil last seaso.

Fabregas is now being heavily linked with a move to Arsenal’s Premier League title and London rivals Chelsea. Jose Mourinho’s Blues will be desperate to have the Spanish maestro playing in their colours, as unlike Arsenal, they want a player with good attacking qualities to partner the more defensively minded Nemanja Matic in the heart of their midfield.

Although London’s Reds aren’t in need of Fabregas, seeing him in Blue would sicken the fans to the stomach, as he has so many times pledged loyalty to the Gunners. A bitter pill to swallow if he ends up at Stamford bridge, yes, but Arsene Wenger would’ve thought long and hard before rejecting the Spanish international, and I for one am supremely confident that the call he has made is the correct one.


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