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Forget Ozil, was Ramsey key in decision not to re-sign Cesc?

Chelsea signed Cesc Fabregas in the summer, with Arsenal electing not to.

There is a little about Arsenal deciding not to re-sign Cesc Fabregas, which, from the official explanation does not add up.

Arsene Wenger said last week his decision was down to the club already having Mesut Ozil.

"When he left we bought Ozil - we did not need to buy attacking players," he said at his press conference last week.

Yet Chelsea have been playing the ex-Barcelona man not at the tip of their midfield, a position held down by Oscar, but in a deeper role.

So was Arsene Wenger too short-sighted to see his former star's flexibility and development of his game, or was there another star central to his decision?

Out of respect to the Frenchman, it's safer to assume the latter, his focus on Welshman Aaron Ramsey.

Ramsey had a terrific, if injury interrupted, 2013/14 season which culminated with him scoring the winning goal in the FA Cup Final over Hull City at Wembley.

He began this season too in excellent form, before succumbing to injury once again, and is expected to miss all of October.

Ramsey has become Arsenal's key man, the one who makes them tick and drives them forward. Mesut Ozil last season was far more effective with him in the side, than when he was on the treatment table.

Both players are key to Arsenal, but had it not been for Ramsey's progression, we suspect Arsene Wenger would have further pursued bringing back the Spaniard, which asks questions over why such an eventuality as another injury to the Welshman was not planned for.

Clearly Cesc would not have been bought to be a back-up, but to have both anchoring the midfield on occasions, would have been surely a better option than letting the former Barcelona star link up with rivals Chelsea instead?

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