The fact that proves Arsenal do need Fabregas

Kim Kallstrom, Andreas Granqvist, Sweden

Reports this week suggest Arsenal may opt not to re-sign former captain Cesc Fabregas who could instead move to Chelsea.

The former Arsenal skipper looks increasingly likely to depart from the Camp Nou this summer with Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea presently in the frame to sign him.

The Gunners have the first right of refusal should Barcelona decide to sell the Spain midfielder but reports this week suggest the North Londoners may pass on the option which could result in Fabregas signing for Chelsea.

Arsenal fans will of course loathe to see their former favourite go to a Premier League rival, especially as the club has the option to re-sign him. Manager Arsene Wenger may feel he has no requirement for Fabregas following the signing of Mesut Ozil last summer on a club record fee of £42.5 million as well as the previous addition of Santi Cazorla.

Arsenal have Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Serge Gnabry, Cazorla, Ozil and Abou Diaby in their midfield ranks across a range of roles.

However, the manager still opted, knowing the abundance of talent he has at his disposal in midfield, to bring in 31-year-old Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom in January on loan from Spartak Moscow until the end of the season.

Whilst Arsenal fans hoped for a signing such as Julian Draxler or a striker to compete with and cover Olivier Giroud, the manager brought in another central midfielder. Kallstrom made three appearances for the Gunners across his five-month loan spell, largely due to injuries to players in midfield.

Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil all spent long periods out injured last season, as well as short-term injuries suffered by Cazorla, Arteta, and suspensions that made Mathiue Flamini unavailable. Abou Diaby has been perpetually injured for years since he arrived in 2006.

Crucially, Kallstrom has now finished his loan spell which means, technically, Arsenal are short a central midfielder. Ramsey’s injury this year was compounded by injury to Ozil and Wilshere and effectively those injures to key players saw Arsenal slip from top of the Premier League into fourth place ultimately.

Ramsey, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Walcott especially have suffered a spell out injured almost every season since they broke into the first team at Arsenal.

Ozil looked tired towards the end of the season, as did Arteta and Cazorla – if there was a requirement for Kallstrom, there is proof there is a requirement for a central midfielder and that co-incidentally is what Arsenal are being offered by Barcelona.

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