John Terry's warning for Arsenal about Cesc Fabregas

John Terry With Medal

The Chelsea skipper knows the Spaniard has the quality to unlock the Gunners' defence.

Premier League games between Chelsea and Arsenal are always tense - and eventful - affairs.

Last season's visit to Stamford Bridge, for instance, saw the Gunners leave having shipped six goals and seen the wrong man sent off after, quite literally, a case of mistaken identity.

But, this weekend, when Arsene Wenger takes his side across the capital, things will be even more heated, because former Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas will be there to welcome them wearing a Chelsea shirt.

And captain John Terry knows Fabregas's presence is a huge advantage for the Blues.

“I was delighted [when he signed]. It was a big statement getting Cesc, as well as Diego [Costa]. It sent shockwaves in the Premier League," the Chelsea skipper told the London Evening Standard.

“They have come in and both hit the ground running which is good as well. Cesc has played in the Premier League before but it can take a few weeks or months to get going but they have both started great and we are doing well at the moment.

“Fabregas has made a huge impact. I know you kind of expect that from him but most of our chances come from him opening up defences. Not a lot of people can see the passes he does let alone make it.

“He has been a great addition to us and long may he continue opening up defences. I don’t know how much he is looking forward to playing Arsenal - you will have to ask him.

“But we are top of the league and it’s where we want to be. We want to continue playing well and stay there.”

  TeamPosAccurate PassesChances CreatedSuccessful Final-Third PassesAppsMins
Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea MF 453 20 156 6 531
Yaya Touré Man City MF 421 1 114 5 450
Gareth Barry Everton MF 420 1 107 6 540
Etienne Capoue Spurs MF 418 3 53 6 526
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal MF 413 13 149 6 483

As Opta stats show, Terry is not wrong about the 27-year-old's passing ability.

The Spaniard has completed the most passes in the Premier League so far and has created the joint-highest amount of chances. Fabregas has also completed 156 passes in the final third. Truly defence splitting.

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch