Arsene Wenger was highly criticised for not bringing Cesc Fabregas back to Arsenal this season, especially as he was allowed instead to join Premier League rivals Chelsea.
There are a few stats that suggest perhaps Wenger was right to snub our former captain however, with the Spaniard’s form deteriorating rapidly.
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The former Barcelona star received rave reviews at the start of the season, and rightly so. He hit the ground running on his return to the top flight of English football, and after a fantastic run of form he is still leading the assists chart.
The stats show that he is far better during the first half of the season though, and that his form in the second half of the campaign has been poor since his Arsenal days.
Back in the 2009/10 season he was involved in 19 goals during the first half of the season, but just five in the second. That trend has continued since then, and this season he contributed to 15 goals in the first half, but just two since then.
Perhaps not coincidentally, Chelsea’s form has also dipped as of late – the gap at the top of the table significantly shortening and their shock Champions League exit of particular note.
Many Arsenal fans called for Fabregas’ return to the Emirates this season, but these stats go a long way towards justifying Wenger’s decision to turn away the 27-year-old.
Statistics courtesy of Sky Sports.