The inevitable appears set to occur for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger has begrudgingly accepted that captain Cesc Fabregas's tenure at the Gunners' has concluded with the Daily Mail reporting that Wenger will finally offload his Spanish play maker to Barcelona for £35 million.
It will terminate a lengthy chase from the Spanish giants who were destined to retrieve their former youth star.
Arsenal's poor finish to their 2010/2011 campaign, in which Wenger's squad imploded after the Carling Cup Final defeat, alongside Barcelona's continued internal and external dominance, it was growing increasingly unlikely the 24-year-old would remain at the Emirates.
Fabregas has enjoyed eight stellar seasons with the Gunners' since arriving in 2003 from Barcelona, amassing 303 appearances, 57 goals and 100 assists.
However, after failing to be named in Arsenal's 23 man squad to depart to Malaysia for pre-season campaign, the Spaniard is set to complete the move in the coming days.
A natural leader who is considered one of the best midfielders in World Football, many believe the departure could signify the end of Arsenal's dominance in England and European football.
However, it Arsene Wenger with an excellent opportunity to target a quality replacement who could help establish glory.
Bleacher Report brings the best 10 replacements Arsene Wenger can target to replace who many believe is his irreplaceable.