Ex Gunner midfielder Ray Parlour has urged Arsene Wenger not to go back in for Cesc Fabregàs. Cesc is also on Manchester United’s radar and Ray Parlour has a point to make.
Fabregaàs left the North London club in 2011 after threatening to go on strike and having a hissy fit in a bid to go back to his boyhood club of FC Barcelona. Now the Catalans are almost certain to offload him as they prepare to splash some serious cash in the summer transfer market and rebuild their squad that took a battering this year under ex coach Gerardo Martino.
There has been suggestions that Arsenal are keen to re-sign the midfielder with Manchester United keeping tabs on developments at the Camp Nou. However, 41 year old Ray Parlour, who was dubbed the ‘Romford Pelé’ during his Arsenal days, has a few words for the Gunners’ coach.
“The problem with Fabregas is where do you put him in the team? They have got very similar players to Fabregas – they have Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere – if you bring Fabregas back where do you fit him in?” said Parlour.
“He was great for the club but forwards should be much more of a priority. You look at Manchester City and Liverpool and they have much better forwards.”
I’m no Arsenal expert but parlour may have a point. This has always been Barcelona’s problem, if you can call it a problem. The Catalan club seem to breed midfielders like they are going out of fashion and over the past few years we have seen that Barça has had a big problem on their hands with two or three players jostling for one spot left in the midfield.
Maybe the Arsenal FC boss would be better off spending his rumoured £100million war chest in other areas of the squad. Cesc Fabregàs is rumoured to be worth around £45m and if Wenger goes in for him, half of his transfer purse would be wiped out on one player who he may not have a need for, if you think about it realistically.
Wenger would make the fans happier if he used his budget wisely and drafted in a decent striker. He will also have to find a new right back as Bacary Sagna is a free agent in the summer.