Arsenal Linked With Shock Moves For Chelsea And Manchester United Stars BUT Do They Really Need Them?
Arsenal's stunning start to the Premier League season has shown no signs of slowing and the transfer rumour mill is already looking at who they might sign in the near-future...
In the Sunday Express, former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has left the door open for a return to the North London club as the Chelsea midfielder said:
Arsenal will always be in my heart and I will never forget them so why not return. You never know.
Fabregas has struggled to nail down a regular first-team place under Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea this season, failing to start a single Premier League game after falling behind the likes of Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley in the midfield pecking order.
It begs the question as to whether Arsenal would really need to re-sign the 31-year-old, whose best days are behind him. Would it be a step backwards or a sensible move to add someone with such vast experience of English football?
The Spaniard showed enough last season to suggest that he still has a part to play in the Premier League, scoring two goals and laying on four assists in the top-flight, but would he get into this Arsenal side on current form?
The influential Lucas Torreira and exciting Matteo Guendouzi have shown masses of potential in the centre of midfield, although - at 22 years of age and 19 respectively - they will need a more experienced head to help guide them if/when Arsenal's form dips.
The erratic Granit Xhaka is hardly an ideal mentor for them, while the raw Mohamed Elneny is still learning his trade, leaving Aaron Ramsey as the most senior midfielder (in the traditional sense) in the side, with Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan more attack-minded.
The future of Ramsey remains a mystery as contract talks appear to have dissipated and the Gunners look resigned to losing the Welsh midfielder on a free transfer next summer, leaving Unai Emery with the challenge of adding to his central midfield ranks.
Signing Fabregas on a free transfer when his contract expires next summer might not be as fanciful as it seems, although Arsenal fans may hope that their club is battling for glitzier big-money signings during the next few transfer windows.
Another Spaniard, Juan Mata, has been linked with a move to Arsenal by the Daily Star. The Manchester United midfielder was part of Unai Emery's Valencia squad earlier in his career and the 30-year-old might look for more regular first-team football.
For now, Arsenal should be happy with what they have got, although the addition of a couple more experienced heads wouldn't go amiss.