As Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger continues in his attempts to strengthen his side ahead of the next campaign, former Gunners favourite Cesc Fabregas has been identified as the man that could potentially lead their title charge.
The midfielder has been in Arsenal’s sights all summer and is seemingly unsettled at the Nou Camp. A player of his quality is not made for warming the bench at any club, and ever since he made the return to his boyhood club, he hasn’t been able to cement his position and has been over-looked for important matches.
The Catalans midfield is highly competitive with Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets all deemed as irreplaceable.
In this kind of team it was always going to be difficult for Fabregas to break through. Now the addition of Neymar will provide the Spaniard with further competition for a starting place in the side.
Fabregas is a world class player, but he is not allowed to express himself in Barcelona's system of continuous passing. Without having time on the ball he is unable to use his superb vision and ability to pick a pass.
He is not able to do what he used to do at the Emirates. Despite this, Fabregas had a reasonably good season with Barcelona last year, scoring 14 goals and making 12 assists in all competitions.
Manchester United were also reportedly keen in acquiring the midfielder this summer, but Fabregas was not tempted by a move to Old Traffford.
However, Arsenal will not give up hope of re-signing their former star. As a result of a first-option clause, the Gunners could have him for £25m, which is very cheap considering the class of the player.
It would be a dream move for both him and Arsenal, as Wenger begins bolstering his squad to stake a claim for the Premier League title and end their eight-year trophy draught. Arsenal are also currently fighting for Luis Suarez's signature. If they could sign both, no doubts they will be challenging for the top honours in the 2013/14 season.
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