Now, Arsene Wegner may be able to bring him back to help compensate for the offense the team lost when Robin van Persie departed for Manchester United a year ago.
That's because according to Paul Brown of The Daily Star, Fabregas may once again be within Wegner's reach:
Cesc Fabregas could be sold by Barcelona this summer to pay for a big rebuilding job at the Nou Camp - putting Arsenal on red alert.
The former Gunners midfielder is out of favour in Spain and was left on the bench for his side’s Champions League disaster against Bayern Munich in Germany.
Fabregas, who less than a year ago was named to the Team of the Tournament at Euro 2012 as part of Spain's championship squad, has gone from being one of the Premier League's rising young stars to an afterthought with Barcelona, so it seems logical that a change is on the way.
Barcelona's wildly disappointing performance in the Champions League will undoubtedly lead to some player movement on the transfer market. A spare part for Barca would be a standout on virtually any other European team, so Fabregas would have no shortage of suitors.
It has been a roller coaster of a season for Arsenal, but the club has persevered to remain fourth in the Premier League table with just three matches remaining and has its sights set on a Champions League berth.
But Arsenal's goal has always been to stay competitive with the league's elite teams in Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and even Tottenham Hotspur, and unless Wegner can secure some game-changing talent at season's end, it's difficult to envision the Gunners being able to keep pace.
Losing Van Persie obviously hurt, but if Fabregas is indeed available, Wegner would have the opportunity to reacquire a dynamic midfielder who has scored 28 goals in two seasons in La Liga and, more importantly, creates opportunities for those around him.
According to Brown, Wegner would "jump at the chance" to bring Fabregas back, and the move could be mutually beneficial:
He is under contract until June 2016 but has his World Cup place with the Spain team to worry about and could be tempted by the prospect of regular football in the Premier League.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants to make a big splash in the summer.
And sources at Barcelona told the Daily Star Sunday: "If an important offer for Cesc arrives we will study the situation."
If Fabregas' priority is to be a key member on the Spanish World Cup squad in 2014 by moving to a quality club that can provide him with steadier playing time, while still contending for league titles, Arsenal makes sense.
With Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud all signed to be Gunners for the foreseeable future, it's not as if Fabregas wouldn't have help moving the ball up the field, and as was the case in the past, Fabregas has all the tools to be the Gunners' catalyst offensively.
At 25, Fabregas is too young to be a substitute, even at Barcelona, because he's simply too gifted at both ends of the pitch to not be playing regularly at this stage of his career
And Wegner should recognize that if Fabregas is pondering a return to England, Arsenal will more than likely be near the top of his list.