Balague: Two figures at Arsenal responsible for Fabregas snub

Guillem Balague has been discussing Arsenal's choice not to re-sign Cesc Fabregas.

Cesc Fabregas continues his march to winning his first Premier League medal, yet it's still a subject of bemusement it's with Chelsea rather than Arsenal.

He has 10 assists in 12 games, the fastest a player has ever reached the tally in the division.

Signed by Chelsea from Barcelona this summer for £30 million, his signing looks like an absolute bargain especially when matched up win fellow new-boy Diego Costa.

Arsenal were reported to hold first refusal over his signature, yet surprisingly they decided not to.

Rather than a board decision, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague pinpoints the decision down to two individuals, one who made the choice, another his reason for doing so.

He told SkySports: "Fabregas asked Barca to leave and he tried to go to Arsenal at first, although two years ago he was in conversation with Manchester United, but I heard that Louis Van Gaal didn’t want him this year.

"Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, in particular, didn’t want him back at the Emirates as he thought that Mesut Ozil could do the work. Chelsea was the other option and they went for him."

Arsene Wenger's faith in Mesut Ozil is admirable, but it has backfired. With hindsight it's easy to say he should have seen it coming with his mixed form in his debut season and injuries.

Fabregas' presence could even have alleviated the pressure from Ozil and helped him play with more freedom. Wenger's decision looks misplaced, but also too idealistic. Right now the Gunners have 17 points, and Chelsea almost double that with 32.

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