He is the crowning jewel of Arsene Wenger’s youth policy. He is probably the best midfielder in English football at present. He is of course, Cesc Fabregas.

The 23-year-old is an absolutely fantastic player to watch and one of the most complete midfielders that I have seen in recent times.

No wonder a number of top European clubs want him, and why Wenger brought him to North London 8 years ago. But will the Spaniard remain an Arsenal player after the conclusion of the summer transfer window?

Undoubtedly, Barcelona made a huge mistake in letting Fabregas leave. It is a move that they will surely regret to this day, especially after seeing the player develop in the way he has done.

Cesc came to Arsenal as a 16-year-old, where he spent his initial days in the company of some of the clubs greatest ever players, players like Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Patrick Vieira and so on.

Fabregas has seen the club move from their beloved Highbury to the Emirates Stadium in 2006. However, since this move, we have also seen the introduction on Wenger’s youth policy and strict transfer dealings. It was the adoption of this new policy, and the departure of players like Vieira and Pires, which put Fabregas in the limelight at a very tender age.

Fabregas won his first trophy for the Gunners in 2005, which still remains his only major silverware at Arsenal to date. Since then, Cesc has carried the hopes of the club on his young shoulders. His performances during our run to the final of the Champions league were nothing short of magic given his age at that time. Unfortunately, it all culminated in a loss to Barca in the final, but it was that season in which Fabregas arrived on the big stage.

The seasons that followed were a mixed bag for both Cesc and the North London club.

Wenger, who had shaped Fabregas’ career so carefully, made him club captain when he was only 20 years of age. Fabregas, with the added responsibility of being captain, did his best to lead his team to success, but to be fair; the team he led was nowhere good enough to be crowned champions or lift silverware.

For the past two summers Barcelona, his boyhood club, have been trying to lure him back to Spain. This business became more serious after Fabregas spent almost two months with his Spanish team-mates during their successful World Cup campaign last summer.

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