Chelsea were beaten 4-1 on penalties in the Community Shield against Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday, and Blues fans were particularly critical of former Gunner Cesc Fabregas.
Following the departure of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United and with new boy Tiemoue Bakayoko not yet ready to play because of injury, the Spaniard was named alongside N’Golo Kante in the middle of the park despite often finding himself on the substitutes’ bench last term.
The 30-year-old struggled to deal with the likes of Granit Xhaka and Alex Iwobi in the middle of the park as Victor Moses’ opening goal for Antonio Conte’s men was cancelled out by a header from Sead Kolasinac, when Fabregas played a number of the Arsenal players on-side at a free-kick.
Chelsea supporters were quick to have their say on the performance of the midfielder via social media, with some describing him as the “weak link” and others saying he isn’t good enough to play against decent opposition.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Fabregas was v.poor today, he doesn't run w/ the ball anymore 😒😒 when he gets the ball, he just play it long 😕 #CFC
— Erhuvwutobor ⚕ (@erhuvwu_) August 6, 2017
Lack of creativity from midfielder. Absolute dead wood stuff from Fabregas & Kante. Only the point of concern atm. #CFC
— Chelseafc🕉Agonist (@SirStaphAureus) August 6, 2017
You all now see why Fabregas can't start games? #CFC
— Omo Better 👑 (@lhanrytosh) August 6, 2017
Fabregas and 3-4-3 are not meant for each other. Simple as that. #cfc
— So. Ja. (@SoJaJaneman) August 6, 2017
Fabregas as well…seriously the guy isn't good enough vs half decent opposition. Elnenny has made him look poor today #CFC
— Alan (@alan_hines83) August 6, 2017
Fabregas is freaking slow….. #cfc
— #EndlessFollowers (@KunleAdeyemo) August 6, 2017
Fabregas leaves us exposed defensively which does no favors either.
Just want to see that extra drive and pressure soon. #CFC
— Lav (@ConteTactics) August 6, 2017
Fabregas the weak link for Chelsea in a breathless first half. Kante in dire need of a midfield partner to boss the game #CFC
— #Symbelmynë (@Namith_117) August 6, 2017