The news that apparently Cesc Fabregas has told Arsene Wenger that he wishes to return to his boyhood club Barcelona, should really come as no surprise to anyone.
It is though, a right slap in the face for Wenger and his plan to build a title winning team around Fabregas, and it could also be said that it is a vote of no confidence in Wenger from Cesc.
For Wenger now, the years of building for the future without investing in the team are coming home too roost, not even an FA Cup or League Cup to show for all his efforts.
I am not in anyway saying that Wenger’s policy is wrong, it is admirable, and it’s a shame a few others don’t follow his lead. It clearly isn’t enough for Fabregas though.
It goes without saying that Fabregas would one day want to return to Barcelona, if Arsenal where regularly competing for top honours would it be this soon though?
In order to now save face, Arsene Wenger will need to dictate terms to Barcelona, he would have to demand silly money or an up and coming player plus cash, otherwise Arsenal are going to start to look like Barca’s feeding club.
A Barca reject and a few million isn’t enough. Wenger needs to play hardball with Cesc, and make it clear he’s not leaving on the cheap.
He has to also send the same message to Barcelona. Arsenal can’t be seen to being bullied by Fabregas and Barca into letting the player go cheap.
If Barcelona really want him, they should offer £30-40 Million, not £15 and reject Yaya Toure.