Cesc Fabregas has already caused a stir in his first game against Burnley in the Premier League since his return. His sublime pass to Schurrle to make it 2-1 only highlighted his already well known talent. Of course Mourinho has tried to take credit by stating that Barcelona were playing Fabregas out of position. Any novice could have told him that but credit to him for snapping Fabregas up when he got the chance. However, Mourinho only got the opportunity to sign Fabregas after Wenger refused to activate the buyback clause.
Fabregas made it clear that Wenger did not want to sign him because he already had Mesut Ozil. Not every fan agreed with this decision but most Arsenal fans have rallied behind Ozil. Remember Arsenal signed Ozil at a time when morale was at an all-time low. The fans needed a boost and signing Ozil provided exactly what was required. Watching him shine against Napoli in the Champions League only proved what a gem of player we had acquired. Since then, he has elicited as much criticism as he has praise.
No one doubts Ozil’s talent. Joachim Low, the German coach persevered with Ozil throughout the World Cup playing him in all the games. Granted, Low did not play Ozil in his favourite position but he refused to bench him even after all the jeers from the German fans. The result…a World Cup trophy with a player full of confidence knowing he played a major part in Germany’s success.
Wenger has already said he believes Mesut Ozil will be the elected the best player of the Premier League come the end of the season and has already taken steps to ensuring that happens by signing Alexis Sanchez, a fast attacker/striker who can latch on to the Ozil’s superb through balls. Ozil now has to pay back his manager’s faith and prove that was not hollow praise and prove that, indeed, he is better than Cesc Fabregas. Fabregas has already made a blistering start and the onus will be on Ozil to respond in kind.
Only time will tell whether Wenger is smiling holding the Premier League trophy come the end of the season or left with egg on his face watching Fabregas lift the trophy.