|Bold statement: Fabregas was unveiled last week, joining for a fee of £30m from Barcelona|
Fabregas may be the last piece of the jigsaw that they need to seal the title, and the hunger for more success is clear to see.
They announced the £30million pound signing of former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who was previously quoted as saying such things in the media as "If I return to England, it will only be for Arsenal" and "If I join Chelsea, you have permission to kill me."
Well Cesc; consider yourself dead. To Arsenal supporters anyway. A big statement made by Mourinho, to the rest of the league, especially The Gunners who will be questioning the resolve of Wenger, asking why he did not sign him.
|Boyhood captain: Fabregas was at Arsenal for 8 years; since he was 16 years old|
|Barcelona re-signed Fabregas back in 2011, after he was a part of their youth system|
This deal has to be one of the most unexpected transfer deals of the summer window, and the 27-year-old has signed a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge, with his weekly salary estimated to be around £150,000-a-week.
This deal hints that Fabregas is set to be a long-term replacement for English midfielder Frank Lampard, who recently left the club having spent over a decade at The Blues, who are eager to show off their new, young talent.
- A natural-born leader, who can help to motivate his team when they are losing or encourage them to perform better - learning this invaluable skill when he was the captain for Arsenal
- His defensive contribution has improved significantly since he started at Arsenal; tracking back for his team and winning the ball in the centre of midfield
- He was often inconsistent at Barcelona, making too many mistakes
- Good at holding onto the ball and winning set-pieces for his team
- Poor at heading the ball and struggles to win aerial duels for possession
- His through balls and key passes are superb; one of his best qualities as a midfielder
- A firm but accurate passer of the ball, can help to create counter attacks quickly and effectively
- His tackling is not the best and he can often receive cards for late challenges on opponents
- He has adapted his play and can now play at CDM/CM/CAM and as a lone striker at CF
|Shame? Fabregas and van Persie have gone their separate ways from Arsenal in recent years.|