Arsenal have lost key stars in past seasons and one of them is former captain and star midfielder Cesc Fabregas who returned to Barcelona. Despite signing for the Catalans, Arsenal still left the Emirates door open, hoping for a return. Since his move to Barcelona, he has been played out of position and found regular football a rarity. In the summer, he became a subject of speculation with Manchester United visibly interested, Arsenal that had a buy-back clause and fee agree monitored the situation closely. At the end, Wenger declared Fabregas has chosen to battle things out for one more season at Nou Camp while the player himself declared he was staying for the forseeable future.
Seems Wenger just couldn’t be kept waiting. He went ahead to sign Mesut Ozil but the record acquisition of the German could have a far-reaching consequence. With him on board, can Wenger still pursue Fabregas should he become available?
In the attacking midfield position, we have Ozil, Wilshere, Cazorla and Rosicky. While the Czech is already old and injury prone, a situation that has thrown his Arsenal career in doubt. Currently, there are 3 players in the over 30 years bracket (Sagna, Arteta and Rosicky). Sagna’s future is in limbo as he is already in the final year of his contract and should he fail to reach an agreement, he might be walking away for free at the end of the season. Rosicky has a year left on his current contract but with the spate of injuries and arrival of Ozil, he might not get an extension as Arsenal might just cash in, in the summer.
That leaves Arteta. He is a key man in the team owing to the fact that there are not too many options in defensive midfield. He might still get an extension though he still has a year left on his current deal. When it’s finally time to move on, Ramsey would step in. The Welshman has already been shining and is expected to get better. Some reasons why Fabregas might just not return to Arsenal again. He is already 26 while Ozil is just 24. Hence, Ozil looks a more long term option that the Spaniard. Cazorla who is the oldest amongst the midfield trio of Cazorla, Wilshere and Ozil already have a successor in young German Gedion Zelalem. Though just 17 now, by the time Cazorla is 30 and aging, he would be 20 and raring to go.
Finally, the coming of Tata Martino seems to have given Fabregas a new lease of life at Barcelona. He has been playing regularly and in his favourite position. The Argentine now rotates between Xavi and Fabregas. Against Ajax, the older Spaniard came off the bench to replace his younger compatriot. With trophies, regular football in his favourite position, Fabregas has no reason to leave and should it continue, I don’t see him doing so.