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Cesc Fabregas wears the captain's armband because he is a leader on the pitch but with all the speculation revolving his future in the air, it is hard for Arsenal players to ignore.
Arsenal are under a lot of pressure due to their trophy drought and a new majority shareholder in Stan Kroenke taking over as owner of the club.
Arsene Wenger, the legendary Arsenal manager, has never been in the hot seat like this before. The flames are creeping up his coat tails and he has to find a way to distinguish them.
Losing his captain is not the way in which he envisioned this transfer window going but with all the pressure, does he really need to be worrying how much loyalty his on-field general has to him and the club?
Getting rid of Fabregas will release tension from around the Emirates and many supporters and players have already moved on to a post-Fabregas mindset, and getting rid of his drama is the last step.