Is Fabregas who Arsenal need to replace Cazorla?

Poor old Santi Cazorla has hardly played for Arsenal in the last 18 months, and although he has been promised an extra years extension on his present contract, there is no guarantee that he will be able to play much next season either at the grand old age of 32.

Arsene Wenger brought in Granit Xhaka as a potential replacement this summer, but he currently does not look capable of filling Santi’s shoes, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has also filled that gap in a few games and may develop into a suitable replacement one day.

But our old captain Cesc Fabregas is definitely the finished product right now and even though he rarely starts for Chelsea he has still managed 6 goals and 12 assists for the League leaders. Because of his lack of game time there are rumours going around that both Man United and Liverpool believe that Chelsea will allow him to leave and are keen to acquire his services.

If he really is available then surely Arsenal may be able to tempt him to return to the Emirates. If Fab is keen on more first team football he should certainly get that at Arsenal, and more importantly he will be happier to stay in London with his partner Daniella Semaan and their three children, which was a big part of his reason for moving back to London from Barcelona.

With the continuing rumours that the Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is very keen on poaching Alexis Sanchez from us, then perhaps the pain could be lessened if we negotiated a swap deal involving Fabregas?

Who else thinks this is a good idea?

Sam P


  1. Twig says:

    I’m not too keen on Fabregas right about now

  2. SoOpa AeoN says:

    Thank God!….St Totteringhamn’s lingering ghost have finally been Laid to rest….
    That been said, i don’t even want to say a thing bout Arsenal right…. The whole system’s crumbled

    We are a shambolic club without shame heralded by Mr.Potato head…… Disgrace!

  3. frustrated gunner says:

    we need a leader true but throw fab into a pond.a leader who took pay cut to leave us we dont need him

  4. Dr Livingston says:

    Yet another example of Arsene’s ridiculously bad decision making. We had the first option to sign Fabregas when he left Barcelona and we turned him down because we had Ozil…

    1. Arsenal007 says:

      I remember being thumbed down because I said we missed a trick signing Fabrebas.
      It’s like crying over spilled milk now 🙂

    2. Midkemma says:

      Did you pay attention to the dealings at the time?
      Wenger said he did speak about it but felt Cesc had already made his mind up so he then went for Ozil.

      Cesc not only forced his way out, he rejected coming to us so he could go to Chelsea and stand more chance of winning the EPL.

      I am surprised Arsenal fans… no I am not surprised by your lack of memory. Just look how you lot act!

      1. stubill says:

        Ozil signed September 2013
        Fabregas signed June 2014.

        Your memory is somewhat screwed, Wenger said in or around June 2014 that he didn’t go for Fabregas as we already had Ozil.

        So you’re either forgetful, or you tell lies to suit your own agenda.

        1. Admin says:

          If we are going to be honest. I’d much rather have Fabregas than Ozil….

          1. stubill says:

            So would I Admin, but the fact remains we already had Ozil, and Wenger didn’t see the need for another playmaker.

  5. PV4 says:

    Yes – albeit 3 years too late!!

  6. Plankton says:

    Fabian Delph from City anyone?

  7. lord wafflebury says:

    Wenger would never do it…against his principles. The midfielders we need are isco, carvalho and that kid tiellemans of anderlecht…before other top sides in premiership get them. However, how long would it take for wenger to wreck them too ??!!

  8. JPS_AFC1 says:

    The only thing we need is a couple off additions in the right places and a new manager. We would have one the league this year and last with a Pochettino or Allegri. Same squad right tactics and game plan

  9. citrenoogeht says:

    I’d take Fabregas in a heart beat. Those that are in opposition to Fabregas need to get over themselves. Had he signed for us after he left Barcelona, I guarantee that we would not be in the situation that we are in today.

    The real problem at Arsenal is Wenger. I still can’t get over him saying that the current squad is the best that he has ever had at Arsenal! It’s Wenger’s ineptitude and stubbornness that is to blame for the situation the club is in at the moment. Examples of this attitude litter his time at Arsenal. He famously wouldn’t pay the asking price for Suarez. Look at what a miss that that is. Last summer, he wouldn’t pay the correct valuation for Lacazette (and signed Perez who we’ve hardly seen) and now there is a realistic chance that he won’t come to Arsenal because of the chaos at our club and because we potentially will not finish in the top four. Currently Wenger is playing hard ball with not only Sanchez….this will probably also end in tears but with approximately ten other players.

    1. Midkemma says:

      Arsenal had around £100 mil to spend.
      We needed ideally 1 CB, 2 CM and a top CF.

      You say Wenger wouldn’t pay for Lacazette but I maintain that ARSENAL wouldn’t pay what was needed because not enough funds was made available to Wenger, he has been given around the ticket money for a season to spend on transfers, go have a look if you do not believe me.

      Supporters was happy with Xhaka when 1st signed, it was a fast move considering how we have been acting in the transfer market the past few years… Plus he had a good international run and looked like the steel we needed. Yes fans moan we didn’t get Kante howeever I maintain that Kante is a player who should be bought to play alongside a Xhaka, not instead.

      Mustafi came in after the Liverpool loss and we didn’t lose a game for a long time, he looked a great signing.

      Rumors are we offered around £30mil for Lacazette taking the budget to just over £100mil if we got him.
      We didn’t have enough….

      You have noticed we hardly see Perez so why was he bought?
      We know Welbroke was only ever wanted by Wenger on a loan, that was cash we could have saved and we may have been able to get Lacazette if Gazidis didn’t go against Wengers wishes.

      If Silent Stan would invest some of his own money.. even in form of an interest free loan for a number of years… Then we could look at getting more than 2 players for around £35mil and 1 for up to £20mil.

      You say Wenger wouldn’t pay the asking price for Suarez but if the rumors was true about his release fee then ARSENAL did offer to pay enough, they may have had bad info and that is a valid blame but they offered what they thought was legally enough to be accepted.

      You have no idea of politics do you? I bet you think politics only ever happens on TV and general elections?
      Every business will have its own politics and if you are a true supporter then you would also pay attention to the politics of AFC as that is what dictates how we move forward.

      1. clam says:

        Agree with Midkemma. Well said.

  10. Robert Forbes says:

    yes, should have taken him back for £25 m when we had the chance 3 years ago. no brainer

  11. Break-on-through says:

    I’m trying to imagine what your man Carvalho might look like beside Xhaka when he starts feeling at home, gets used to our pitch and surrounding then becomes confident. I think they’d look forward to playing Wanyama and Dembelle. Alexis no10, Lacazette in front.

    Coquelin out Carvalho or another in, then I’d be ok with Fabregas.

    It shouldn’t be essential for us to have a CM who is a main attacking threat, Tott and Che do fine without it. Your most forward of players should be able to create and score from working off each-other. But when having difficulty against a ten man back-line or just lacking a final ball, that is when Fabregas is a nice option to call.

    1. Midkemma says:

      Carvalho has some real talent, I wouldn’t mind him in an Arsenal shirt but I would consider him a Xhaka competition more than partner.

      Gueye I think might be a real good option, he puts himself about a lot and that would helps Xhakas less mobile gameplay.

  12. Simon says:

    Think it makes sense on paper. But give it 5% chance of happening – if that

  13. ger burke says:

    who, in their right mind, would want to come and play for us right now ?.only freeloaders and crocks i would think .no top class player will come to arsenal , no player with passion will come to us because we do not do passion anymore, we are arsene .

  14. Ignasi says:

    Fabregas is a luxury player and doesn’t have a place in todays game at the to level. He should be useful against smaller teams but will be useless against the bigger teams who dominate the midfield, tackle hard and are intense in approach play.

    Admittedly, he would be an upgrade on Ozil.

  15. Janssen says:

    I would take Fab in a heart beat. He is a winner, knows Arsenal and is PL proven. I don’t blame him for leaving Arsenal because he wanted to win things. Is there anyone who can really say he was wrong to leave? Can you expect a top player to sacrifice his entire career for one deluded manager when you can play for Barca, or Man U or another club who are in it to win it?

    Cesc would be a great replacement for Santi or addition to our midfield options.

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