While Cesc Fabregas may be enjoying his current role as a pundit for the BBC, he won’t be doing that for long. The 31-year-old, who is a former World Cup winner, has always been someone to keep your eye on as you just never know when he’s going to provide us with that next moment of magic. Now, however, fans are convinced that he’s been dropping hints regarding a potential return to the Emirates with Arsenal.
There are plenty of rumours surrounding players from around the world potentially coming to Arsenal, but none will strike a chord as much as this story involving Cesc Fabregas. Apparently, according to the man himself, he’d consider returning to the Emirates as a coach once his playing days are over – and while that’s all well and good, we’d be curious to see whether or not he’d entertain the idea of something more.
A murky road
Chelsea and Arsenal played out a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.
The home side had the first attempt on goal after just two minutes, as Alvaro Morata tried to poke an effort in at the near post. However, the Spanish striker could only find the side-netting.
The next attempt on goal did not come until the 20th minute when Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka dragged a long-range free-kick wide of goal. Two minutes later the visitors hit the Blues on the counter-attack, Jack Wilshere feeding the ball to Alexandre Lacazette, who fires wide of Chelsea’s near post.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has down the years scouted most of the best stars in European football. He has not signed many of them, but was highly aware of all them and came close to signing them.
The way Wenger talks sometimes it sounds like he has known the players since they were babies. For once, though, a star has claimed that Arsenal were a ‘real option for me’. That young star is France wonderkid Kylian Mbappe.
The 18-year-old joined big spending French giants PSG on deadline day on loan. He will be making a reported £165million move to the French capital next summer. However, it seems Mbappe did consider Arsenal as a viable option.
According to the Metro, Arsenals fans are hoping that the Gunners make a move for former captain Cesc Fabregas this summer. Reports suggest that Fabregas’ boss at Chelsea Antonio Conte will allow the Spaniard to leave this summer.
Fabregas was not always in the starting line-up for the Blues last season, as just 13 of his 29 Premier League appearances came from the substitute’s bench. However, the 30-year-old still managed to produce 5 league goals and 12 assists.
In fact, Fabregas was highly influential in the title run in, grabbing five assists and a goal, which were crucial in the Blues winning the title.
Chelsea recorded a 3-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, as the Gunners fell further behind their London rivals in the Premier League table.
Arsenal had the first chance of the game on just two minutes. Mesut Ozil capitalised on a mistake from David Luiz and found Alex Iwobi, who from the edge of the saw an effort deflect just wide of goal.
On 11 minutes Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill saw a header bounce over the bar from a wide free-kick. The Blues took the lead on 13 minutes. Pedro’s cross was bulleted against the bar by Diego Costa’s head, only for Blues wing-back Marcos Alonso to head home the rebound.
Arsenal’s young Spanish full-back Hector Bellerin has moved to dismiss rumours of a return to boyhood club Barcelona. The 21-year-old joined Barcelona at the age of eight and played his football at the Catalan club’s famous La Masia, before moving on to Arsenal in 2011.
Bellerin has gone on to establish himself as one of the most exciting young full-backs in the world game. Some would argue that Bellerin is the best right-back in the world.
Concentrating on Arsenal
Talking to the London Evening Standard, Bellerin reaffirmed his loyalty to Arsenal by saying: “If I wanted to play there I would have stayed there.
Arsenal host London rivals Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday in one of the games of the day in the Premier League.
Arsenal’s form has improved in recent weeks after an unconvincing start to their Premier League campaign. The Gunners have now won their last three top-flight games and four of their last five games in all competitions.
Last time out Arsene Wenger’s side recorded a comfortable 4-0 win over Championship Nottingham Forest, with new signing Lucas Perez the star of the show for the north London team, grabbing a brace an assist.
Arsenal host reigning champions Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, as the Gunners look to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League table.
Chelsea may be enjoying a nightmare season, but they are certainly no pushovers. The Blues have some real big game players and no doubt they will be determined to prove a point at the Emirates in what would usually be a big game at the top of the table.
A very good opposition
Reported Chelsea transfer target Kelechi Nwakali has revealed that his favourite English team is in fact Arsenal and not the Blues.
The youngster has been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea and also Manchester City, where his brother Chidiebere currently plies his trade. He has had a trial at City already and could join his brother in the Citizens academy.
However, it seems that City face opposition for the youngster’s signature, after he told Nigerian media: ‘I would love to play for Arsenal,’
‘They are their Premier League club I will like to play for them because they play the best football in the world.’