Thierry Henry backs Cesc Fabregas to shine again in the Premier League

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Arsenal's all-time leading goalscorer Thierry Henry has insisted that former captain Cesc Fabregas will shine if a much-rumoured move to the Premier League does materialise, as the Gunners, Chelsea, Manchester United and even Liverpool and Manchester City continue to be linked with the Spanish international.

Fabregas is widely reported to be available for £30m this summer, as new Barcelona boss Luis Enrique looks to put his own stamp on the side and considers whether the ex-Gunners playmaker is worth keeping.

Arsenal hold a clear advantage over any other suitors for Fabregas this summer in that he has a wonderful relationship with Arsene Wenger and experience of playing in North London for seven successful seasons, with Henry in no doubt that he would prove his worth if the Gunners or any other side do make the move happen.

Henry told Sky Sports News:  "Cesc is strong, I saw him coming up at Arsenal at just 16-years-old, playing with us with no fear.

"He did it before so I don't think it will be a problem. If your name is Cesc Fabregas you obviously are going to have some teams coming for you.

"I don't know if he is going to leave Barcelona but I am just saying if you are that type of player, and especially what he has done in the past in England, it's obvious they are going to come for him but I don't know what he is going to do."

Henry also made it clear he knew Arsene Wenger would eventually pen terms on a new contract, but refused to disclose if he had any insider knowledge on Fabregas and if he is likely to make the return Arsenal fans crave ahead of next season.

Wenger has a whopping £100m transfer warchest at his disposal this summer, but it still remains unclear if tempting Fabregas back to the Emirates is on his agenda.

The Gunners have a buy-back clause for their ex-captain which allows them to talk terms over a move if Barcelona receive an offer of €36m, considerably less than United, Chelsea or anyone else would have to pay for the same player.

Expect this particular transfer story to run and run beyond the World Cup, but Henry is in doubt that his beloved Arsenal would benefit hugely from bringing his former team-mate home.

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