He’ll end up ruing the decision to quit Arsenal

Football FanCast guest columnist Joe Pepper feels that Cesc would be making a huge mistake to quit Arsenal next summer.

One of the huge debates doing the message boards, around the Arsenal sites and blogs, is over the long term future of Cesc Fabregas and whether this will in fact be his last season in North London; I sincerely hope it isn't, but I wonder if the damage from Barcelona has already been done.

The actions of Barcelona have boiled my blood beyond belief and the shameless way they have acted, considering the dignified manner in the way we have conducted our player sale's to them over the years. It certainly shows that the class that this great club use to conduct itself with has passed and they would rather choose the Real Madrid tactic in obtaining players. It is a shame the likes of FIFA and UEFA don't feel the need to step in and warn them off, but they always seem to have a soft spot when it comes to the Spanish League.

Cesc Fabregas has made no secret of wanting to return to his spiritual home one day and I am sure he has been buoyed by his former club's eagerness to fulfil that, but I believe he will be making a huge mistake in doing so next summer. While the allure of Barca will undoubtedly be tugging at the heartstrings, in terms of a career move, it could prove disastrous, given the wealth of talent that the Catalan giants have at their disposal in midfield, with the likes of Xavi and Iniesta filling the two central roles. That is two huge players that he has to try and dislodge and perhaps he'll have to be content for a place on the bench for the large part of any given season.

I don't want to rain on Fabregas' dream of representing his boyhood club, but the fact of the matter is that at 22 yrs of age he has plenty of time to move back to Spain and he'll be better off at Arsenal for the next few seasons, where he will be playing week in week out, oppose to being a bit part player to arguably the best midfield pairing in the world. He'll also have the opportunity to be an integral part of this great Arsenal adventure, which will not only start to dominate once again in England, but hopefully in Europe as well and Arsene Wenger can finally land that Champions League trophy that he is so desperate to capture. As I say Cesc has plenty of time ahead to fulfil his dream, therefore I don't see the point in swapping first team football for a bit part role at Barcelona. It will be a complete backward step in my opinion and one that I believe in time it would be a decision that he will rue, like so many have before him.