Chelsea stunned the footballing world yesterday as the Blues competed the £27 million acquisition of Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
The 27-year-old had long been tipped for a return to the Premier League, yet many thought that former club Arsenal were the likely destination, and failing that perhaps Manchester United.
Chelsea, however, were not considered a realistic option given Cesc Fabregas’ previous duels with the West London club, yet it is the Stamford Bridge outfit who have won the race for his signature.
To the disbelief of the Arsenal supporters, many of the North Londoners have since criticised their former idol, though in his defence, surely he would have preferred a move to the Gunners – had they actually offered for him.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may have to answer some tough questions this summer should he not improve the quality of their squad. However, former player and now BBC pundit Lee Dixon firmly believes the club have made the correct decision in not buying Fabregas, hinting that the player’s best days are behind him.
I loved Fabregas. I feel we had the best of him. We dont need another midfielder like him. Good player but priority elsewhere. Move on— Lee Dixon (@LeeDixon2) junio 13, 2014
Arsenal have an abundance of midfielders, with Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all capable of playing down the middle, therefore Lee Dixon’s assertion that Arsene Wenger’s men should improve other areas of the squad appears spot on.
One area where Chelsea will disagree, however, is Dixon’s claims that Arsenal had the best of him. During his eight year stay in the English capital before moving to the Nou Camp, Fabregas totalled 303 games in all competitions and scored 57 goals.
At Barcelona, Chelsea’s new signing scored 42 goals in 151 appearances, averaging more goals and certainly being more influential in the final third during his stay with the Catalans.
With such debate and intriguing questions set to continue throughout the summer, one can only wait until next season to find out whether the controversial transfer will prove to be a successful one.