Chelsea vs Arsenal: What we learnt from Liverpool defeat - Wenger

Lloyd Doyle
September 17, 2017

Facing Arsenal is always a special occasion for Cesc Fabregas.

Wenger has a decision to make before the trip to Chelsea about whether adding a man to the defence or midfield gives his team a stronger structure, a better platform, an improved chance of hanging on in there in a hard away assignment.

Fabregas spent eight years at Arsenal, becoming the captain in November 2008 and developing a father-son relationship with Arsene Wenger. It was special circumstances and you have to take that into consideration.

Simply put, neither Arsenal or Wenger made any contact with him once they had been notified of his availability. I know how I feel, my family does, and that's all that matters to me.

On the option, the Spanish global admitted that he waited a week for Arsenal to make a move when he reappeared on the market. "Then they had a week to basically respond yes or no to the buy-out clause", said Fabregas.

"I knew Chelsea were on the side, among other clubs, but after I spoke to [Jose] Mourinho in the meantime he convinced me that it was a great place to come". He motivated me so much in that meeting that my choice was very easy.

"I love Arsene, the man". I also think that Wenger's decision to change things against the Germans at halftime was in answer to having to chase the game and also to get Kolasinac on and keep Bellerin on at the same time. This is a decision he made.

Combined XI's are, by their very nature, meant to cause debate but despite looking like Merson is taking a dig at his former club, there can be little argument at this moment in time that Chelsea would absolutely dominate any fictional combined XI were it to play in some sort of fictional combined XI league.

The Gunners have recorded back-to-back wins since being swept aside by Liverpool at Anfield, but Sunday's London derby will be the latest test for Wenger's men away to a direct Premier League rival.

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