Martin Keown has explained in The Daily Mail why Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was right not to sign Cesc Fabregas in the summer transfer window.
Many Arsenal fans would have expected Wenger to make a move for Fabregas and get him back to the Emirates Stadium.
However, the Frenchman did not, and the 27-year-old has gone on to establish himself as one of the best players for Chelsea this season.
Arsenal legend Keown, though, does not believe that Wenger made a mistake in not re-signing Fabregas in the summer, highlighting the fact that the Spaniard’s return would have curtailed Aaron Ramsey’s development.
“I don’t think that’s a fair question, really,” Keown wrote in The Daily Mail in response to a question from a fan whether picking Sanchez over Fabregas in the summer was the right decision.
“I think what Wenger did in the summer was to pick Aaron Ramsey over Fabregas. If he had brought in Fabregas, that would have curtailed the development of Ramsey, who was the standout player of last season.”
Fabregas is one of the best players on the planet and has been a world-class midfielder for a number of years.
The return of the Spaniard would have certainly increased Arsenal’s quality in midfield, but the problem is that Wenger already had - and has - enough players in that department.
As Keown suggests, Ramsey enjoyed a superb 2013-14 season, and he would have found it tough to play regularly for the Gunners had he faced competition from Fabregas.
With the likes of Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla all fighting for a place in midfield, it would have been tough for Wenger to accommodate all his best players in the starting line-up.
Moreover, Sanchez is a different player to Fabregas and adds something extra. The Chile international plays as a forward, and that is an area that Wenger needed to address in the summer.