Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has admitted that he would like Spanish national team-mate Cesc Fabregas and former Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas to snub Chelsea and return to the Emirates this summer, as the Barcelona star continues to be linked with a Premier League.
Fabregas is not thought to be part of new Barca coach Luis Enrique's plans for an overhaul at the Camp Nou, leading just about every major Premier League team to be linked with a £30m move for the 27-year-old.
Chelsea are currently leading the race to sign one of Europe's most consistent midfield maestro's, but Cazorla has urged Fabregas to snub interest from former foe Jose Mourinho and complete an emotional return to North London.
Cazorla told Marca: "I've read that he could go to Chelsea but I'd prefer him to come to Arsenal because he's a great player and they really love him there.
"I don't know what his future is, but I hope that he will be happy and enjoys the team wherever he is.'
"His statistics are great at Barcelona but he's not valued the same as in England. There's no difference in his numbers, he's adapted perfectly to both leagues.''
The stats do indeed paint a picture of a player judged harshly by Barca fans and a hierarchy hungry for sustained success, with Fabregas scoring 13 goals and setting up a further 22 in all competitions last season.
Gunners fans will be desperate for Wenger to echo Cazorla's sentiment and move for Fabregas this summer, particularly with Arsenal in the driving seat thanks to a buy-back clause which allows the deal to go through for a fee of €36m.
The ball is now in Wenger's court, does he want a former trusted protege back to spearhead the charge for silverware next season, or will the unthinkable happen for Arsenal fans next season, Fabregas playing at the Emirates in Chelsea blue?