Does Fabregas departure sum up the mood at Arsenal?

Reports in the Spanish press suggest that Cesc Fabregas appears closer than ever to completing a return to Barcelona, with Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger reportedly giving up his efforts to retain his captain’s services. After being denied his dream move last summer, Fabregas has also been linked with moves to Premier League rivals, Chelsea and Manchester City. However, today’s reports suggest Wenger will sanction a move, on the condition that Fabregas does not move to another English club, seemingly paving the way for Fabregas to return to his homeland. After another season drawing to a frustrating conclusion at The Emirates Stadium, and with Barcelona continuing to dominate both domestically and on the continent, it is clear to see why a move to Camp Nou would be appealing. As Arsenal and Fabregas seemingly consider their next moves, Fabregas may not be the last Arsenal player to abandon Wenger’s Arsenal dream.

Arsenal winger, Theo Walcott has also been speaking this week, about potential departures from the Arsenal camp, claiming he could understand why players would want to leave the club in search of honours that have eluded The Gunners in recent years. While there has been nothing suggested to link Walcott with a move himself, several of his teammates are believed to be considering their futures, with Samir Nasri refusing to commit his long-term future to the club, with the Frenchman rumoured to be the subject of interest from Manchester United. Following a season of great personal success for Nasri, finding himself in the running for the PFA Player of the Year award before losing out to Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale, Nasri could well find himself tempted by the prospect of applying his much-acclaimed talents for the newly-crowned champions.

While all prospective moves remain purely speculation at present, reports continue to emerge of Arsenal players considering their options ahead of the new season, with players such as Nicklas Bendtner, Denilson and Andrey Arshavin having also been the centre of transfer speculation. While Arsenal have themselves been linked with moves to strengthen their squad, the potential departures of their longer-serving players, could see the current Arsenal squad, often criticised for their apparent lack of experience, finding themselves even shorter of established first-team players.

As the patience of Arsenal supporters continues to be tested in the wake of another trophyless season, many will not be filled with optimism, or surprise, at the speculation regarding their team. While their rivals at the top end of the Premier League continue to be linked with high-profile reinforcements to keep up with an increasingly competitive league. With Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City breaking into the previously predictable top four Champions League Places in recent seasons, some of Arsenal’s players may be beginning to share the view of sections of their fanbase, who feel the club’s silverware drought shows little sign of ending. As stories continue to be written about the future of Arsene Wenger’s men, the departure of their captain, could well be the catalyst for a radical transition at Arsenal.

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