The inevitable finally occurred. After years of speculation, turmoil and distractions, Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has finally completed a move back to boyhood club and current European kings Barcelona.
It is set to worsen for Arsene Wenger as contract rebel Samir Nasri is inches away from a £23 million move to Manchester City.
Fabregas arrived at the Gunners' in 2003 as a 16-year-old from Barcelona and has been forever chased since after thriving in North London and becoming one of World Football's best midfielders as a teenager.
The 24-year-old was made the Arsenal captain in 2008 but was always destined to return to the Camp Nou.
Arsenal's inability to satisfy the Spaniard's immense desire to secure trophies has played a large role in Fabregas's return however the maestro will depart the Emirates with 303 appearances, 57 goals and 100 assists alongside the reputation as one of Arsenal's greatest ever midfielders.
Nasri on the other hand is an immensely talented player whose Gunner career has become tainted. After a sublime breakthrough season in 2010/2011 in which the Frenchman amassed 46 appearances and 15 goals alongside a place in the PFA Team of the Year.
However the £15 million signing from Olympique de Marseille in 2008, became unhappy with Arsenal ability to secure silverware and his current wage reckoning.
The 24-year-old, who enters his final year on his Arsenal contract, expressed a desire to depart the Emirates during the Summer and was largely chased by Manchester City and Manchester United.
Wenger is set to allow the dynamo to join Manchester City in the coming days.
This ensures Arsenal midfield and attack has suddenly become creatively deprived, starved of speed and lacking sincere direction. However Wenger will gain upward £60 million in revenue from the sales and with over two weeks remaining in the summer transfer window, the Frenchman must buy.
After a lifeless display in the opening day of the English Premier League season, with a goalless stalemate against Newcastle United, Wenger's main objective is to rejuvenate the midfield. There are also demands for the Arsenal manager to implement one more defensive signing due to the frailties evoked last season.
But just who does Wenger target?
Bleacher Report aids Arsenal fans with their curiosity by establishing the 12 best players Wenger can target with his new found cash.