Cesc Fabregas has been discussing his enjoyment at Barcelona, yet is still bitter at being whistled by fans last season.
While Barcelona soar high at the top of La Liga, off the pitch it has been a tumultuous time for the club - and not just for the recent financial fallout regarding the Neymar deal.
It is often glossed over that Tata Martino only took over as manager back in July, yet has led them so far to the top of La Liga and in the Champions League last 16.
Of all the players who have adjusted positively to his arrival, Cesc Fabregas is at the top of the list.
The midfielder is enjoying his finest season in a Barcelona shirt to date, scoring 8 goals and providing 11 assists so far.
It seems remarkable that just last season the Spaniard's future was being called into question, whistled by a section of the support for poor performances, commenting at the time that he has to try and accept it and learn from it.
Arsene Wenger stated last July that Fabregas had decided to give it another 12 months, commenting: "At the moment, Fabregas has decided to stay one more year at Barcelona, we have the clause in the contract so we would be on alert but, at the moment, that’s not something we're after."
A beaming Fabregas stated at the end of last week to Marca that he was thrilled at his current working relationship with Tata Martino:
"Martino has boosted my confidence. He always believed in me and knows the kind of player I am. He never asks me to do things I don't know how to do. He always tries to tap into my strengths. I'm playing for between 80 and 90 minutes per match and I feel an important part of the team."
There are just two reasons for Arsenal fans to cling onto, with regard to a possible Fabregas return in the summer.
1) The unrest regarding departed club president Sandro Rosell, recently forced to step down for his role in the Neymar fallout. Should the club suffer an early Champions League exit to Manchester City, scrutiny will be placed upon manager Tata Martino, and his position has weakened without the man who brought him to the club. Martino leaving in turn would likewise place Fabregas back at a crossroads.
2) A sideswipe of a comment from Cesc Fabregas in the Marca report last week in which took a dig at the Barcelona fans who whistle him when he puts in a negative performance:
"We all know that not everyone has the patience necessary."
It's this uneasy resentment between the former Arsenal man and a section of the Barcelona support, which would cause him to return to North London. Fabregas believes there are some supporters who have never forgiven him for departing as a youngster.
It reveals he is confident enough to speak out brashly against his and the team's doubters, likely a reflection of the good mood from his own excellent form.
There would have to be a lot to go wrong for Fabregas to leave in the off-season, for this season has been better than he could even have hoped for, yet the situation may not be as solid as it appears upon first glance.
Whether he is needed back at Arsenal in the summer, is perhaps another question altogether.
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