Why can't Arsene Wenger quit Cesc Fabregas?
Just 18 months after the midfielder left the Emirates, the Arsenal manager is already talking about how Fabregas may one day return.
The midfielder would be following in the footsteps of another Gunners legend, Thierry Henry, who moved to the Camp Nou only to return to the Emirates for a short period of time years later.
Ian Stafford of the Daily Mail quoted Wenger as saying:
'I'm not convinced Fabregas won't come back here one day,' Wenger said on the eve of Arsenal's big Barclays Premier League clash at home to champions Manchester City, who could field former Gunner Gael Clichy.
'He's an Arsenal man. He loves Arsenal. He watches every Arsenal game. Barcelona was his home town where he grew up and you have to accept this, especially as Barcelona are the best team in the world.
'He won't return in the next two or three years but, after that, maybe. 'It was the tipping point for me. It's important that we have some consistency. When you go for a policy like we have with young players, it's important you keep them at your club from 23 onwards. If they are ingrained with Arsenal, it is easier to keep them.'
Fabregas will no doubt go down as an Arsenal legend. He was a loyal servant of the club while becoming one of the best midfielders in the world.
No Gunners supporter begrudged his decision to return home to Barcelona. The allure of trophies and playing with one of the best clubs in the world was too much.
At this point, Wenger simply needs to drop the issue. Fabregas may one day return to the club, but why even bring it up?
As hard as he tried to keep Fabregas at the club, it wasn't enough.
There's no reason for Fabregas to leave Barcelona any time soon. Xavi is getting older, and when it's his time to go, Cesc will take over pulling the strings in midfield.
It took a little while for Fabregas to reacquainted with the Barca style. The more comfortable he becomes, the more important he is the to the side.
In addition, it doesn't seem that the clubs' fortunes are going to be reversing any time soon. Barcelona have the pieces to remain near the top of European football for years, and Arsenal need to make quite a few improvements in order to win a Premier League or Champions League title.
Much like Henry, you have to wonder what Fabregas would bring to Arsenal should he ever return.
What did it say about Arsenal last season that they were forced to bring back a 34-year-old Henry in order to provide reinforcements up top?
Of course, you can never say never in world football. Who could have expected Paul Scholes to come out of retirement and play for Manchester United?
While he's done well, part of the club's problems in midfield are due to Sir Alex Ferguson continuing to rely on Scholes and Ryan Giggs.
Henry did score a couple of goals for Arsenal, but he was a shell of the player who was one of the best in the world during his time at the Emirates.
Instead of trying to lure Fabregas back in three or four years, Wenger should be concerned with how to improve Arsenal right now.
He needs to work on bringing in players like David Villa, Etienne Capoue, Yann M'Vila or Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa who can improve the Gunners in the present.
Rather than speaking about a former club legend making a possible return years from now, the club should be able to tell supporters about the players it's trying to buy right now.
Otherwise, by the time Fabregas would make a return in three or four years, Arsenal will have won the exact amount of trophies as when he left.
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