Fabregas hints towards Arsenal reunion after career at Barcelona
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas hinted towards the possibility of returning to Arsenal. The former Gunners skipper claims he could return to Arsenal as a manager in the future. Fabregas left Arsenal for his childhood club Barcelona in 2011 after a controversial summer transfer saga.
Fabregas, who left many Arsenal fans teary after announcing his decision to leave for Camp Nou, insists he still holds his former England club close to heart.
“Arsenal is in my heart and always will be. It was important for me to leave the right way. I think the fans understood,” Fabregas told the Guardian.
“I don't know if I'll have the opportunity to go back and play there one day, or maybe after football. The club's like a family so even if it wasn't as a coach, I'm sure they'd give me the chance to play a role. It's a club that is always going to be there and will always open its doors to me.”
Fabregas backed Arsenal to end their trophy curse this season by winning the Premier League title. The Spain international hailed Arsenal’s latest signing Mesut Ozil and admitted he was excited to see Arsenal’s latest crop of young players.
“I really hope [Arsenal can win the title]. They've started very well. They look very strong; let's see how they last,” Fabregas said. “With Manchester there is always talk about a dip, but it never happens. A lot gets decided over Christmas: the team that hangs in there best, that can resist the best, will take the title.
“If you have the chance to sign Ozil, you can't let it pass you by," he said. "I think he's going to enjoy it enormously. He's the man who has to make the difference in the final third. His last pass is brilliant, he'll get more space and with space he kills you. He's going to score more goals himself because of that space. There's no one better than him for that mediapunta [attacking midfielder] role.
“I watch the way [Aaron] Ramsey is playing now, how he looks so liberated, and I think maybe I blocked his way. Maybe I was an obstacle.
“Sometimes you need someone to leave for you to step forward and say: 'I'm here.' I'm saying that about Ramsey just as an example… I could say the same for Jack [Wilshere]. It's the concept I'm talking about, the idea of stepping up. That mental unblocking is so important. Both of them have a brilliant future.
“[They can be] as good as they want. They have quality on the ball and they have the physical attributes. Ramsey's stamina is spectacular. Wilshere is a bit different to the typical English player: he's more of a short passer.
“Ramsay is one of those that you look at and think: 'He doesn't stand out in any specific quality, but he does everything, everything, well.' His touch is good, his movement's good, now he's scoring goals too, providing assists. He's a kid who as a team player is a beast. Above all, he now has the confidence, responsibility.”
Arsenal are currently on top of the Premier League table. The London club lost 3-2 to Aston Villa on the opening day of the Premier League, but have been undefeated ever since. With six wins, a draw and a defeat from a total of eight games Arsenal has acquired 19 points.
Liverpool are breathing down their necks, two points away from on the table. Arsenal will play against the Reds next weekend, but for now their concentration is tied up with an away game against Crystal Palace.