For a man who is spearheading Chelsea’s charge toward for the Premier League title from midfield, Cesc Fabregas sure does talk about Arsenal a lot.
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In a recent interview with Chelsea’s website, Fabregas revealed his love for the Gunners and how his admiration for the North London club has always remained following his move to Barcelona in 2011. In the past while at Barcelona, he talked about a move back to Arsene Wenger’s men, as the Spanish midfielder was seeking a return to the club where he played for over eight years from the age of 16.
Here are past comments from Fabregas, who still seems to hold the North London club close to his heart. Very close.
“Arsenal is in my heart and always will be. I don’t know if I’ll have the opportunity to go back and play there one day, or maybe after football. It’s a club that is always going to be there and will always open its doors to me. The club’s like a family so even if it wasn’t as a coach, I’m sure they’d give me the chance to play a role. Sol [Campbell] is there now. Arsenal help a lot with the formation of coaches. [Dennis] Bergkamp also went there two, three times a week when he was doing his coaching badges. In that sense it’s a lovely club and there might be the chance to do something with them.”
Okay, so Cesc has been talking about a return either as a player or in another role after his playing days are over. Fair enough, I suppose.
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Fabregas continues to put in sterling displays for the Blues of West London since his summer arrival from Barcelona the silky center midfielder has already notched six assists and one goal in the first five PL matches of the campaign. His creativity in the final third and drive from midfield have made him the heartbeat of the Stamford Bridge club and with 98 assists in 303 games for Arsenal, as well as 48 in 96 games for Barcelona, it’s easy to see how influential the playmaker is.
No matter where his future lies, Fabregas’ phenomenal displays in the present mean he could likely join any club he so chooses. Seems like Arsenal would be pretty high up on his list should things slot into place but if you are a Chelsea fan, would you be happy with the way he’s been talking about his former club?
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Arsenal are certainly lacking someone of Fabregas’ caliber in a deeper holding midfield role, but his age would certainly rule out a move back to the Gunners. Wenger has the likes of Jack Wilshere (22) and Aaron Ramsey (23) in this role and the way Fabregas left Arsenal in 2011 still rankles with some Arsenal fans. The Gunners’ priority will be to get a true holding mid instead of Fabregas, who can do that role, as he has shown with Chelsea this season that his attacking talents are much more valuable.