When it comes to securing the most technically-exquisite player available on the market, Arsene Wenger has delivered.
He did it in the mid-season market in 2009 when the Frenchman sealed a deal for then-Zenit St Petersburg superstar Andrei Arshavin; a player who had the potential to set the Premier League ablaze like a molotov cocktail but it was like Wenger had been playing with glue before throwing Arshavin onto the pitch and, in true Inspector Clouseau fashion, panic would set in when the motor oil-filled bottle would stick to his mitts and he'd end up looking like an Acme Corporation crash-test dummy.
Regardless of how Arshavin panned out, at the time, it was a significant coup. Wenger had transfer market sway, something he was able to repeat with Mesut Ozil last summer, for a club record £42.4 million.
Perhaps Ozil is the reason why the Gunners have seemingly chosen against entering the fray for Fabregas, leaving Jose Mourinho an almost clear-run for the player MARCA stated yesterday is "Chelsea-bound" and today explains that Manchester United cannot offer Cesc the Champions League platform he craves, but is hoping the Blues can substantially increase their salary package in order to match the sums put to him by United.
Should Fabregas secure a Premier League return then he could set himself up for a Juan Mata style "failure" if he joins Mourinho's side.
Spain expert Guillem Balague explained on Sky Sports recently that one of the reason's for the midfielder's perceived failure at Camp Nou was that he struggled to excel in a tactically-disciplined side, a type of team he was not used to as he had liberty at Arsenal.
If there is one thing Mourinho expects from his first-team selection, it is discipline and ability to follow instruction. It is the very thing he is attempting to drum into the club's Player of the Year Eden Hazard and, because of Juan Mata's supposed inability to fulfil his fair share of defensive responsibility, saw him discarded, to Manchester United, five months ago.
If Fabregas joins Chelsea, it may well end up being a sink or swim situation where he has to do what Balague says Barcelona deemed he couldn't do - operate in a tactically-disciplined side.