Former Arsenal favourite Cesc Fabregas has revealed the names of two ex-Gunners who had the talent to ‘make it big time at Real Madrid or Barcelona’.
Fabregas broke on to the scene as a 17-year-old under Arsene Wenger in 2004, and quickly established himself as one of the league’s premier midfielders.
His early career path shares similarities with that of Jack Wilshere, who recently gave his honest opinion on the idea of joining once-bitter rivals Tottenham.
Wilshere made a big impact as a teenager at The Emirates, but his career since then has been hampered by persistent injuries. Many believe his tenure as a footballer is one of unfulfilled potential.
Fabregas is one who shares that view, and recently namechecked both he and fellow ex-Gunner Aaron Ramsey as players who could’ve taken La Liga by storm.
“Jack was such a good talent, one of the most talented players I’ve ever played with,” Fabregas told The Daily Mail.
“He was just 16 when he first came to train with us and I was like ‘wow this guy is good, strong, sharp’.
“It’s a big shame what has happened to him. I feel sorry because he could have been a proper English legend of the game.
“We always talk about how British players would adapt to teams in Europe – I always believed that Jack was one of the few Brits who could have made it big time at Real Madrid or Barcelona.
“Same with Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale. These guys are so talented, without injuries they could have done much more.”
Arsenal perfect for Man Utd target?
Meanwhile, a member of The Gunners’ Invincible season of 2003/04 has urged Arsenal to launch a raid for a rising England superstar amid tentative comparisons to club legend Dennis Bergkamp.
Mikel Arteta has successfully shored up the club’s defence, but a drought in front of goal has been an unfortunate by-product. Arsenal have failed to score in three of their last four league matches.
Star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been deployed out wide and has struggled to find the net with his usual regularity. However, one pundit believes Arteta has justifiable reasons for continuing with this tactic.
Nevertheless, a lack of potency in the attacking third must be addressed if Arsenal are to challenge for major honours going forward.
As such, former Gunners stalwart Gilberto Silva believes Arteta should line up an audacious raid for Man Utd target Jack Grealish.