Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Gunners Should Move on from Cesc Fabregas

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 01:  Cesc Fabregas of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Club at Camp Nou on December 1, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Let's not talk about Cesc.

As soon as Cesc Fabregas left for Barcelona, there were Arsenal supporters yearning for his return. They'll only be emboldened by the news that the Gunners could possibly be preparing a £25 million bid for the midfielder. Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail reported the club has a first-option clause on the player if Barcelona sell him:

Publicly, the Spaniard maintains he wants to stay at the Nou Camp, but doubts over how he fits into manager Tito Vilanova's plans after being regularly overlooked for big games last season has left Fabregas in two minds.

And the Gunners are poised to strike should the midfielder decide his future lies elsewhere with the Emirates Stadium club being kept updated on developments regarding the 26-year-old's future as the summer progresses.

A deal to re-sign Fabregas will be relatively straightforward to conclude. As part of the deal that took Fabregas back to Spain, Arsenal secured a £25million first-option clause as part of the transfer.

Should Barca decide to sell Fabregas, the Gunners would have first refusal on the midfielder at a fixed price of £25million.

There is almost no way Fabregas moves to Arsenal this summer. The quicker the club dispatches the idea of trying to bring him back, the quicker it can go about doing some business while the transfer window is still open.

The biggest question is, why would Fabregas want to move to Arsenal right now?

The Gunners are no closer to winning the Premier League than they were when he left. If anything, they've taken a step back.

Even if you throw in Fabregas with the current starting XI, the club still needs some help at the back and another centre-forward at the very least in order to compete for the Premier League title.

Granted things haven't gone quite as planned for Fabregas at Barcelona, he's in a much better situation in Spain.

Since moving to Barcelona, the 26-year-old has won a league title, the UEFA Super Cup, Copa del Rey and the Club World Cup. That's a pretty nice haul for a couple of seasons, and much better than he can hope for at Arsenal.

It appears a resolution could be close on the Thiago Alcantara transfer. German football expert Raphael Honigstein reported that the Sky Italia report linking the midfielder with Bayern Munich has been retracted, but it's a deal close to being done between Thiago and Bayern.

With Thiago out at Barcelona, there's less competition for Fabregas and more opportunity to play. Also, there's absolutely no way Barca would let both Thiago and Fabregas leave in the same summer. Losing one is bad enough, but the club would be shooting itself in the foot by selling Fabregas.

At Barcelona, Fabregas is guaranteed to be a vital player. If it doesn't happen next year, it will in a couple of seasons when Xavi takes a step back.

There is a group of supporters who have seemed to have deluded themselves into thinking that Fabregas left his heart in London when he moved to the Camp Nou. Rather, it was the other way around. When Fabregas left Barcelona as a teenager, there was always a part of him that would want to go back. His career wouldn't be complete until he brought it full circle in Spain.

He stayed at the Emirates for a long time and tried to help win the club trophies, but the allure of Barcelona was too great to pass up. The Gunners' overall stagnation also had a part in the move.

Would Fabregas be a great addition for the Gunners right now? Of course he would. The problem is that it isn't going to happen anytime soon. It would also be great if Arsenal could go back in time, clone the entire "Invincibles" squad and transport them to the present. That's as likely an outcome right now as seeing Fabregas in an Arsenal shirt anytime soon.

Arsene Wenger needs to get his current affairs in order. He needs to find some sort of end to the Gonzalo Higuain fiasco or throw his attention behind capturing Luis Suarez. The sooner Arsenal start thinking about other players, the better.

The supporters deserve to see some sort of activity from the club in the transfer market. They have sat back for too long and pay way too much for tickets to see Arsenal continue hording money for no reason whatsoever.

Time spent even thinking about Fabregas' return is time wasted that could have been much more wisely spent on a more reasonable and realistic transfer.


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