When friends go their separate ways there is usually a moment when one friend says, "Go on leave then, who needs ya?" It's hard to let go of someone who meant so much to you.
People grow apart all the time, but this is different. Barcelona FC wants our captain, our leader, our playmaker. Not because of his talents, but because of their own pride in letting him go in the first place.
After winning all their trophies in just the last half decade, that still wasn't enough for Joan Laporta (why his name is Joan I do not know). After losing Cesc several years ago, he still sees this as a blemish on his otherwise spotless record.
Every gooner knew he was going back to his home club eventually, but why so soon? When a team such as Barcelona already has a stacked midfield, why pay so much for a player that may not get that much playing time?
Xavi and Iniesta aren't going anywhere and Fabregas is just too slow to play on the wing, this is all about pride and legacy. Laporta will soon step down and he really wants to prove that he was able to finally bring their boy home.
After winning all those trophies and being the envy of the footballing world, the fact that he didn't re-sign Fab would be overlooked. But these two teams have battled before and I'm not talking about that night in Paris four years ago.
The fact that Arsenal players in recent years have been groomed to play with breathtaking finesse similar to Barcelona means that they just love to poach our players. We don't like it but it happens, with Overmars, Henry, and Hleb being prime evidence.
Unknown players rise through the ranks here and become household names eventually get a call from Barcelona because who would turn them down. But Arsenal have been known to do whatever they can to keep them in North London.
The sheer ego of a club who assumes that any player who previously played in the reserves, went to another club, and became a superstar, should be fair game. And by fair game, meaning they want to pay peanuts for a guy who's worth almost double the asking price.
And to make things even stranger, Barcelona still feels that our club stole him as if we're a bunch of child abductors. Not only did we pay fair and square for Fabregas, we gave them Giovanni van Bronckhorst. For free!
What gives them the right to cry and moan about us wanting to keep a player who's under contract for five more years and happens to be our best player. Sometime last year Fabregas once said that he loved playing in London and that there was too much pressure back in Spain.
So what changed?
We didn't win trophies, while Barcalona just added more silverware. It's that simple.
He could stay another two seasons then leave, by that time Xavi won't be their playmaker extraordinaire anymore.
Arsenal aren't the bad guy for wanting to keep Cesc, nor are we the bad guy for turning down £29.2m. It's not enough money to pry him away, if they want him that bad, pay what he's worth.
Right now there are two scenarios that could play out:
1. Barcelona can offer £40-50m and player. Arsenal accepts. Fabregas breaks his leg in a preseason game. (Okay, that's just wishful thinking.)
2. Barcelona caves under pressure and calls off their bid. Fab stays and breaks his leg in a preseason game.
Us fans are forever gonna have mixed emotions about him, but just imagine if he stays. Arsene could take the armband away as punishment, the crowds will turn on him, and could be poison in the locker room. And we don't need that.
Laporta and his cronies could talk about "Barca DNA" all they want to, that doesn't excuse them from paying market value. I don't care how many years they have Unicef as their sponsor, Barcelona are a morally deluded team that just so happen to play really, really pretty football.