By Amir Mir
Arsene Wenger is considering making a sensational move to bring Chelsea outcast Cesc Fabregas back to Arsenal, according to a report.
The Sunday Express claim that “Wenger is keen to keep his Premier League title challenge on track and is ready to offer Fabregas a way out of his Stamford Bridge hell.”
The Spaniard has started only two Premier League games this term under manager Antonio Conte, who has guided his side to the top of the table, with the Gunners three points behind in second after 14 games.
It is said Wenger is looking for reinforcements after midfielder Santi Cazorla required surgery which is set to keep him out of action for up to three months.
Spain international Fabregas, who started his career in north London, is seen as an ideal replacement for the 31-year-old and his former boss is keen to offer him a deal.
Fabregas made 302 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners, scoring 58 goals and providing 91 assists.
He moved to his boyhood club Barcelona in 2011 and then returned to England during the summer of 2014 to join then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge. He lifted the Premier League trophy during that campaign with the west London club.
The Express also report that Fabregas has also been linked with a move to Italian giants AC Milan, but they will wait until the summer to make a move for the playmaker.
Football Insider Verdict:
Fabregas would be a perfect fit for Arsenal in their title challenge this season, especially considering the type of player he is and the type of player they require in the middle of the park. With Cazorla on the sidelines, the Gunners are missing a player from deep who can pick out a forward pass and start attacking moves. At the age of 29, Fabregas can still do that, but where he is coming from would be a problem. His move to Chelsea did not go down well with the Arsenal faithful, so it would be a controversial move, you also have to question whether Conte would allow one of his players to leave to a title rival.
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