Cesc Fabregas has shown since his return to the Premier League that he is one of the best centre midfielders in the world at the moment – his assist record and play-making ability will go a long way to securing Chelsea some major honours this season.
Arsene Wenger was given the chance to sign the Spaniard back from Barcelona in the summer transfer window as part of a clause which gave the Frenchman first refusal to bid for the player. And Arsene Wenger turned it down. Arsenal didn’t need the midfielder in their ranks after the marquee signing of Mesut Ozil alongside the richness of midfield aces they already had like Carzola, Walcott and Wilshere.
However it stands to reason that you can never have too many world class players in a team if you are looking to push for silverware. A good rotational strength means keeping a quality line-up regardless of which players you decide to play in a game.
Wenger has received a lot of stick in the past for not being willing to spend money on bringing new players to Arsenal in order to compete against some of the other big teams in the country and across Europe, but he broke that mould in recent years with the signings of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, who is proving to be a really good player for the Gunners.
Despite having a decent transfer window, the decision to veto the Cesc transfer is still a boggling one considering how much of a key player the Spaniard was in his original spell in north London and his vital Premiership experience.
No one could have foreseen just how good a start he was going to have in his new life back in the English top flight, however it was clear to see that the player would easily walk in to any of the top teams in England and perform well. Arsene Wenger has always trusted his gut instinct and normally proved a lot of people wrong with certain decisions.
This time around however it seems like the stubborn manager has made a huge mistake in not re-signing his former skipper, not only due to the fact that the guy is clearly in the form of his entire career and enjoying some what of a purple patch for Chelsea, but also because of Arsenal’s present injury woes. Ozil is the latest player to be added to the ever growing injury list for the Gunners – a list which has actually seen them break all sorts of records recently that they would have liked to avoid.
They are down to their bare bones in terms of squad strength now, and despite the imminent return of Theo Walcott, they are looking very thin on the ground and are lacking quality which in Fabragas they would have had. Not only that but even if the the German ace Ozil was still fit to play, the pair of them would have been quite the force in the Arsenal engine room. The combination of these two players’ attacking prowess would have been very difficult for most other clubs to match, therefore tipping the odds balance in their favour a lot more in the race for the title.
The fact that they have such a massive injury list just highlights the mistake Wenger made even more so now as he really is in need of someone in the Fabregas quality bracket to come in and take the team by the scruff of the neck and kick start their title campaign.
Will this mistake cost them the title? No one player makes a team, but Fabregas could well have made the ultimate difference. In this case it’s hard not to feel that Arsenal’s manager cost them title before the season even began.