Arsene Wenger should not be considering a move to bring Cesc Fabregas back to Arsenal this summer.
It has been suggested that Barcelona are willing to let the former Arsenal favourite leave Spain and he would jump at the chance of a return to the Premier League.
But while I would welcome Fabregas back to the Emirates with open arms, he is not what’s needed in the bid to win the Premier League.
A man who could well be that player is Mario Balotelli.
The fiery Italian is a brilliant footballer which some forget once you get his mind focused on the game.
His time at Man City was littered with disciplinary issues and foolish off-field antics but he seems to have mellowed since moving back to his homeland with AC Milan.
He scored 14 goals in 30 league games last season for a dire AC Milan team but his best performances have come in the Azzurri blue.
The 23-year-old was at his devastating best during Euro 2012 in leading his country to the final with the highlight being a stunning brace against Germany in the semi-final.
That game showcased the hulking Italian’s appetite to be a big game player and Lord knows that is something Arsenal craved last season.
A quick, powerful and agile striker is just what Wenger should be in the market for and it’s hard to look past the Italian in that respect.
But Balotelli comes with a questionable temperament and inane ability to go from the sublime to the ridiculous in the flick of a switch.
This was evident at the Emirates two seasons ago when he was sent off for lashing out and he is the sort of player Wenger would normally avoid at all costs.
At present the dressing room is a very happy place and Wenger would need to work hard to integrate Balotelli and get him in tune with the rest of the squad.
Balotelli would also enable Mesut Ozil to showcase his true talents as he could thread balls through for the striker to chase.
Returning to England would also offer him the opportunity to silence his critics who in essence blamed his for Roberto Mancini’s sacking.
Do we really need Cesc Fabregas?
Bringing Fabregas back to North London on the other hand would not address the problem positions at the club.
Its been said that you can never have too many quality footballers but adding Fabregas to a midfield of Ozil, Cazorla, Ramsey, Oxlade Chamberlain and Wilshere would be an issue.
They cannot all start every week and while that could be beneficial in keeping them fit, try telling the unlucky ones they won’t be starting against Chelsea or Man City.
Fabregas is a dynamic and creative midfielder and not the replacement needed to fill the boots of Mikel Arteta in the team.
The flip side is that letting Fabregas join a Chelsea team, fresh from the addition of Diego Costa, is a dangerous prospect which could come back to bite Wenger on the bum.
But it seems that it’s a risk the Arsenal boss is ready to take.
At 24, Balotelli has his best years ahead of him and while many see him as a disruptive and mischievous influence, he is one hell of a footballer.
I for one would love to see him donning the red of Arsenal come August and leading a title charge.
Share the post "It's time to forget Cesc Fabregas and move for 'Super Mario' Balotelli"