Yesterday’s game against Wigan was the first time in a long while Arsenal have played without Cesc Fabregas. The booking he picked up against Reading was his 5th of the season and meant he missed out on a one-game suspension.
Fabregas revealed that he once played against Arsenal’s youth team and he scored twice. That almost made him reject coming to Arsenal because he thought Barcelona’s youth team was better.
How glad are we that he didn’t make the wrong decision. However, yesterday’s game showed something a little worrying about Arsenal. The team lacked a creative spark normally provided by Fabregas and Hleb. Denilson came in but didn’t impress. Are we becoming too reliant on the young Spaniard ?
With the January transfer window coming up, players like Luka Modric, Rafael van de Vaart and Samir Nasri have been linked. All of them are creative players and their presence in the Gunners team will no doubt create competition but it will provide the creative spark in the absence of Fabregas. Thankfully, Fabregas was only missing for one game. But imagine if Fabregas were to get injured. Up until now, he hasn’t had a major injury and with him playing so many games, it is a possibility.
Maybe Wenger believes there are players inside the club who can play like Fabregas, Nacar Barazite, Henri Lansbury and Fran Merida come to mind. Or maybe, Alex Song anyone ?