During Cesc Fabregas’ eight-year stay in North London, the Spanish international developed a special bond with Arsenal and their supporters and it’s one he still treasures today.
The midfielder moved back to boyhood club Barcelona in the summer of 2011 for a reported £35m deal, though he has kept up-to-date with the latest action at the Emirates stadium.
Whilst Fabregas was worshipped at Arsenal, over the past few seasons, the 26-year-old has learned of the rigors and expectations at the Nou Camp and at times the Catalan faithful have been overly critical of his performances.
Despite Cesc Fabregas leading La Liga with the highest number of assists, the Nou Camp crowd have made him the scapegoat for the team’s failings by often whistling and even booing the star – an action which never would have happened at the Emirates.
Following on from the Nou Camp’s behaviour towards the star, the Spanish press Marca published an online poll asking whether the boos and whistles were justified…
A shocking 57.6% agreed.
Cesc Fabregas knows that his relationship with Arsenal was distinct, and the possibility of a return to North London could become a reality if a good number of Barcelona fans get their wish.
In another poll conducted by Marca, 50% from more than 140,000 participants voted in favour of selling him this summer – regardless of the price or destination.
With Arsene Wenger desperate for extra quality in his ranks, reuniting the previously-idolised Fabregas with Arsenal this summer could help the player feel appreciated once more.