Fabregas or Ozil? Who would have been better for Arsenal?

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Are there any Gunners supporters that would have rather seen their former captain back at the club over recent record signing Mesut Ozil?

No team likes to see one of its heroes sold.

Arsenal have suffered more than most in recent years, with the likes of Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri, amongst others, departing the Emirates in search of the silverware that eluded Arsene Wenger's men for so long.

The one favourite that was sent off with an element of good will was Cesc Fabregas, who left the Arsenal captaincy to return to his boyhood club Barcelona. Leaving the Premier League helped Fabregas retain the favour of most Arsenal fans, and the Spaniard continued to support the Gunners from afar.

But now, the unthinkable has happened. Fabregas has returned to the Premier League, agreeing to join London rivals Chelsea for around £30 million.

It couldn't get much worse for Arsenal fans, but what must surely grate more is that Arsene Wenger turned down the chance to re-sign their former icon.

And the reason they ignored Fabregas' possible return is chiefly to do with their own expensive La Liga recruit which came last summer.

Mesut Ozil joined from Real Madrid last year for over £40 million, and despite a decent year that failed to explode into a phenomenal one, there are high hopes that the ex Werder Bremen player is on the cusp of a big season at the Emirates.

But given the choice, who would Arsenal fans rather have in their team - Fabregas or Ozil? If they wouldn't have signed the German last year, it is easy to imagine Wenger utilising that first refusal option for a player he had already signed once from Barcelona.

Ozil is obviously younger, and one of the most impressive creator of goals on the planet, but there have always been question marks about his goal return, as well as uncertainty about his ability to adapt to English football.

Fabregas is vastly experienced in not just the Premier League, but also representing Arsenal, and has displayed impressive goalscoring periods for both the Gunners and Barcelona, while also having strong assists stats.

It's not all doom and gloom for Arsenal. The sight of Fabregas in the blue of Chelsea is sure to hurt, but it's true that central midfield was the one area of the Gunners' team that didn't need strengthening. Aaron Ramsey is already displaying the potential to match Fabregas' ability, while Jack Wilshere remains a player that could go on to become an Arsenal great.

There are numerous other midfield options at the club too, but their German playmaker needs to have the best season of his career in the 2014-15 campaign to dispel any lingering doubts or regrets relating to Fabregas' return to the Premier League.

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