Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas’ move to Chelsea was one of the biggest talking points when it came to transfers this summer.
The former Arsenal midfielder moved to Stamford Bridge from his boyhood club Barcelona for £30 million. Before the deal was completed there was a lot of speculation about where Fabregas would be playing after the World Cup.
When Arsenal sold the Spaniard a first refusal clause was inserted into his contract, meaning if Barcelona decided to let Fabregas go, they must first inform Arsenal and offer them the chance to match any offers from other clubs.
When it became clear that Chelsea were interested, Arsene Wenger had a big decision to make. After signing German international Mesut Ozil in the previous summer transfer window, Wenger was now handed the chance to strengthen further in the middle of the park by re-signing former captain, Fabregas.
With Fabregas almost certain to leave Barcelona, comparisons betweet him and Ozil began to surface, as many Arsenal fans called for Wenger to bring Fabregas back to the Emirates. As the matter progressed, it became clear that Fabregas would be moving to Chelsea, which could have only meant one thing – Wenger had turned down the opportunity to sign Fabregas.
When questioned, the Arsenal boss revealed that his decision revolved around the fact he had recently signed Ozil, who offers the same qualities as Fabregas, but was this the right decision? They are, admittedly, two very similar players. However, Ozil did not have the best of debut seasons following his move from Real Madrid and, perhaps, Wenger should have taken a gamble on Fabregas too.
So how do they compare?
Fabregas wasted no time settling into life at Chelsea and his start to his first season back in the Premier League season has, so far, been very successful. Within the Chelsea set up Fabregas has seem himself rotating from a deep defensive role to a more attacking role, playing as a number 10 in behind Diego Costa.
Fabregas has scored one goal and picked up seven assists. He has been a focal point in Chelsea’s attacking and alongside Nemamja Matic has been dictating play for the Blues.
In contrast, Ozil has had a tougher start than Fabregas. After winning the World Cup with Germany over the summer everyone was hoping Ozil would come back with a high level of confidence. However, since the start of the season Ozil found critics questioning his form. Throughout his Arsenal career he has often found himself playing wide rather than his preferred central role, which could offer some insight into why he hasn’t been at his best.
Ozil has only managed one goal and two assists so far this term.
It is easy to see why people compare the two. Both players have shown similarities and boast equal goal scoring and pass completion stats so far this season. Both have scored one goal and have a pass completion rate of 89%. However, Fabregas has created a total of twenty eight chances – eleven more than Ozil. Fabregas has also made a total of twelve tackles compared to Ozil’s five.
When I watch Fabregas play, I see a professional that is certain to deliver; a player with immense qualities. However, when I watch Ozil, I see a player lacking in confidence, lacking in hunger and lacking in eagerness.
Who would you rather have in your team Fabregas or Ozil? Leave a comment below.