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Fabregas defends £42m Arsenal man: 'He's one of the reasons they are challenging'

The former Arsenal captain also praised Arsene Wenger, saying he owes nearly everything to the Frenchman.

Cesc Fabregas has defended Mesut Ozil following criticism of the German's recent displays.

The former Real Madrid midfielder moved to Arsenal for a club-record £42.4million fee in the summer but has seen his form dip of late, prompting questions to be asked of his consistency over the course of a full season.

But Fabregas, Arsenal's captain before moving to Barcelona in 2011, believes Ozil is one of the main reasons the Gunners are challenging for trophies this season.

"They [Arsenal] are doing very well and I am very happy for them," the 26-year-old told reporters. "I just wish them the very best.

"He [Ozil] is a good player. He's a very good assisting player, so he is one of the reasons [that Arsenal are challenging]."

The Barca man, who spent eight years in north London, also praised his former manager Arsene Wenger, revealing that he owes nearly everything to the Frenchman.

"All I can say are amazing words for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. The most important figure to me was Arsene Wenger. I have to be grateful all my life to him and that's it.

"For me he is the most important person, he knows everything about me and that's the person that I owe nearly everything."

Is Fabregas right to defend Ozil's recent form?

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