So it seems as if Arsenal’s skipper and talisman, Cesc Fabregas could be on his way out of the Emirates this summer, and make the switch back to the Nou Camp after 7 years at the North London club.
It is has been reported that the player had asked his manager what the clubs ambitions would be in the imminent future. Wenger told him what his plans were, and as a result of this, the Spaniard looks set to call time on his Arsenal career. Fabregas recently expressed his desire to one day rejoin his boyhood club and it appears he has decided that this would be the summer he went back to Spain.
No doubt about it, the news of Fabregas probable exit from the Emirates would have left fans and players of the clubs shocked and deeply saddened. Arsenal will not only lose their most significant player, they will also be losing their club captain.
It seems Fabregas does not wish to continue playing for Arsenal anymore, and many fans will agree with the hypothesis of, if the player is not committed to the club, then its time he moved on. Although the deal hasn’t yet been finalised, it seems almost certain within the next few days a fee will be agreed by both Arsenal and Barcelona for the playmaking midfielder.
So with the likely departure of Fabregas looming over the Emirates, Arsenal fans will be wondering if the potential void can be filled. Many will feel that it can be filled by an existing Arsenal player. A majority may look to Wenger to search and buy a top player to balance the loss of Cesc. However, a number of fans may even think the loss of Fabregas is too great to rectify at all.
Well here are 3 current Arsenal players who could step up to the plate and play in the Fabregas role next season (providing Cesc leaves). Not necessarily be the new Fabregas, but the players that could do well in his position in the near future:
The 18-year-old midfielder has been likened to a young Liam Brady by many of the older generation of Arsenal fans. Wilshere featured a lot for Arsenal in their pre-season last summer, but somehow wasn’t able to get games at the Emirates this season. This forced the young midfielder to make a loan move to Bolton in January, in order to partake in games. Wilshere gained valuable premier league experience, making a total of 15 appearances and scoring 2 goals for the Wanderers. He was by far one of their best players this year. Wilshere has two great feet, can play anywhere in the midfield (looks most comfortable in the middle), has skill, good technique for a player of his age, and also, a good reading of the game. Wenger might have to do a u-turn with Wilshere for next season. Owen Coyle wants the young midfielder back at the Reebok for a further six months, but with Fabregas’ untimely leave, Wilshere may think this is his year to break into Wenger’s squad.
Fab Rating: 4/5