After a burst of reports yesterday, it now seems unlikely that Cesc Fabregas will return to Arsenal this summer.
The potential of the experienced Spaniard coming back to the Emirates created a buzz of excitement, with plenty of fans considering the potential signing another step in the right direction.
However, the Daily Mail has suggested that two players are at the heart of Arsene Wenger’s decision not to go after a Fabregas return as Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United reportedly circle around him like hungry sharks.
“It is understood that, with Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla already in the squad, Arsenal priorities are elsewhere, notably in strengthening up front,” reports the Mail.
Ozil, the club’s record transfer signing, and Cazorla, a more than capable number ten, both play in similar positions to where Fabregas would be installed in Arsene Wenger’s midfield.
For Fabregas to come back into the side, Ozil would have to be played out of position or Cazorla would have to be further confined to a wider role in the Arsenal midfield which creates problems in terms of structure and organisation.
A way that Wenger would have been able to accommodate Fabregas into the middle of the team would have been to drop him into a deeper position.
However, that would mean either dropping Aaron Ramsey or forcing the Welshman to play wider and after the season he’s just had, there is no value at all in tinkering with the form and position of the club’s best player.
Ozil’s arrival last summer was a clear sign that Wenger is going to base the attack of his midfield around the German for the next few seasons so it would be a remarkable decision if Wenger replaced him as a number ten less than a year after signing him.
Fortunately for the Gunners, one of the areas they are extremely strong is central midfield and the report is accurate in the respect that priorities will be elsewhere as Wenger looks to make his squad, not his midfield, a little bit stronger over the two months building up to the new season.