After years of speculation and recurring transfer rumours it has finally been announced that Cesc Fabregas will return to his home club of Barcelona in a five-year deal. The transfer fees will benefit Arsenal a reported £25 million, though this may increase depending on the Spaniard’s success at the club.
The hunt for Fabregas has been parallel to that of Thierry Henry in 2007 when Barcelona finally captured the all-time highest goal-scoring Arsenal player after years of flirtation. Similarly, Fabregas had a large impact on the club; completing 303 appearances and 57 goals in his eight year journey with the North London giants. Fabregas has inherited the No.4 shirt at Barca – the same number he wore at Arsenal, as did Henry with the No.14 shirt when he moved club’s.
Unenlightened gooners have greeted the midfielder’s leave amicably, with the all-time youngest Arsenal player showing no discretion in his public desire to return to the Catalan giants. Fabregas’ absence in Saturday’s opening Premier League game against Newcastle gained little attention in the away stand, in stark contrast to x-rated chants against Samir Nasri – who is yet to sign a new contract with the club.
In light of the deal Wenger stated: “We thank Cesc for his contribution at Arsenal and wish him future success,” now it’s just the waiting game to see if he responds to fans’ pleas of: “Spend some money!”.