Fabregas was the nucleus of Arsenal Football Club during his eight-year stint. He joined the club in 2003 and amassed a total of 303 games, scoring 57 goals and supplying a century of assists. Fabregas arrived at Arsenal when notable figureheads like Patrick Vieira, Gilberto Silva, Edu and Ray Parlour where still present at the club so his chances of playing at that point in time where slim to none.
Fabregas made his Arsenal debut at the age of 16 years and 177 days in a Carling Cup encounter against Rotherham United, but came of age when Vieira left the club for Juventus in the summer of 2006. He made 35 appearances that season and was part of that formidable Champions League side that lost to Barcelona in the final match at Paris.
When Arsenal moved to the Emirates in the 2006/07 season, Fabregas played all 38 league matches, scoring two league goals and providing 13 assists. Fabregas was named as Arsenal’s captain in November 2008, and produced his best ever season in the 2009/10 campaign supplying 19 assists and scoring 19 goals.
Samir Nasri on the other hand joined Arsenal from Olympique Marseille in 2008 and made 126 appearances, scoring 27 goals and laying on 17 assists for his teammates.
Nasri was quite mediocre in his first two seasons and turned on the style in his third season at the club with an amazing goal tally of 15. After holding the fort for the best part of two months, Wenger sold Fabregas and Nasri to gather a joint kitty of almost £60+.
Many gooners have condemned Wenger while others have been happy with Wenger for letting them go at the same time, but there have been some bright sparks from their sales. Here’s my take on those sparks.