Amidst the thunderstorms here in Bristol and other pursuits in my personal life I must take care of – nothing nefarious – today’s post is a little late. Okay – it’s quite considerably late, but it’s arrived and you’ll have to excuse my dilly-dallying.
So what’s the latest? Well… You can’t so much as glance across the Internet without seeing Cesc Fabregas’ treacherous little face beaming back at you as the reports of an imminent return to Arsenal heighten. Seriously – it’s practically everywhere. I defy any one of you to log onto Twitter or any site dedicated to providing football news and not see something relating to the furry little rascal.
With all this speculation and discussion comes the inevitable question; would you welcoming him back with open arms because he’s a world-class player, or do you still resent him slightly?
After all, he did essentially go on strike during his final days at The Emirates as he sought a move back to his native Club.
Now, I do understand that there’s both sides to this debate. Putting aside what ever indiscretions I feel Cesc made when he buggered off elsewhere, it’s impossible to deny that he is a wonderfully gifted footballer that’s contributed to some fantastic moments at Arsenal. During his tenure with our beloved Gunners, he was one of the players I had an enormous affinity for; he was, above all others, the one name on our team-sheet opposition would fear.
However, his departure left a bitter taste in my mouth. He did go on strike, he did force a move and although he’s conducted himself admirably since his departure, often his words strike me as hollow and false. Perhaps it’s a minor case of bitterness on my part, but the whole epic saga never sat well with me.
Then you have to take into consideration wether we need him at all. Would re-signing Fabregas be a case of addressing an area of the squad that requires reinforcement or simply signing him to stop the horrific concept of viewing the little Spaniard adorned with the colours of a rival. It appears to me that the reasoning sides with the latter.
There varying degrees of certainty within the betting markets. Some feel a deal being done is something of an inevitability. Others, such as betting odds on Betfair.com, share my opinion that it’s all pretty unlikely.
There are areas of the team that need attention far before we consider dropping the reported £25m release cause in his contract on a player that, essentially, would be an indulgence. I don’t think we need Cesc back and although I truly can’t abide the concept of him in Manchester United colours, his return isn’t a priority. Admittedly, I don’t think you’d hear vociferous complaint if it actually occurred, but I see little or no likelihood of that situation materialising.
And that’s my opinion on the matter. What’s yours? Do you think Fabregas should return. Would you move Heaven and Earth to ensure it happens? Or do you have a few problem with his final days at the Club and would sooner see the money spent elsewhere. The comments are situated below, let me know you thoughts.
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