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Forget Cesc, Arsenal should consider this Barca alternative

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been linked with a return to the Emirates, but Arsenal should instead go for the talented Sergi Roberto.

Following a recent poll done in the Spanish press, Barcelona fans appeared hesitant over the future of Cesc Fabregas and a good majority suggested they should sell him if they receive a decent offer.

The 26-year-old former Gunner has had it tough since returning to the La Liga title holders, and he has often been used as a scapegoat during disappointing results this season, despite his personal best campaign.

Despite being linked with a return to the Premier League and Arsenal, Spanish press Mundo Deportivo report that sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has played down claims linking Fabregas with a Nou Camp exit this summer.

Arsenal’s chances of re-signing their former captain appear fanciful at best, but perhaps a move for his impressive teammate isn’t put of the question.

22-year-old Sergi Roberto is another star fresh out of the famed La Masia academy and despite his fabulous talent, he has yet to fully break into the Barcelona midfield, making just one La Liga start all season.

The Catalans are eyeing up a number of acquisitions this summer in a bid to boost their flailing squad, and a long-term replacement for Xavi is high on the agenda.

With Arsenal in need of a new ball-playing lynchpin in the centre of midfield, Sergi Roberto could certainly give the Gunners some much needed movement and youthfulness.

The Spanish U21 international has a contract with Barcelona until 2015, and a new deal has yet to be put forward. Mundo Deportivo report Zubizarreta’s concerns over the situation, though a possible change in managers is deemed the number one priority.

With that in mind, the option for Arsene Wenger to take advantage of the situation and snap up the €8m-rated star is there, and it’s one which appears a far more realistic alternative to a headline-making big-money Cesc Fabregas deal.

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