Why Arsenal Are Rubbish Without Cesc Fabregas

After a disappointing 0-0 draw with Sunderland, it's clear that Arsenal suffer without Cesc. And as the stats show, if he leaves in the summer, they could be in big trouble...
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After a disappointing 0-0 draw with Sunderland, it's clear that Arsenal suffer without Cesc. And as the stats show, if he leaves in the summer, they could be in big trouble...

After a disappointing 0-0 draw with Sunderland, it's clear that Arsenal suffer without Cesc. And as the stats show, if he leaves in the summer, they could be in big trouble...

Fabregas has a rare ability to see the game in four dimensions - he not only make passes that others cannot - he  dictates the future. He plays the game like chess master - three or four steps ahead - while the rest are mired in the present.

At just 23, Fabregas is the greatest midfielder who has ever played for Arsenal - surpassing even the magnificent Liam Brady. The question now is whether he can become the greatest in the world. That’s not mere hyperbole. Those closest to him go even further with their praise. When Arsene Wenger first signed the youngster in 2004 he described him to Arsenal’s goalkeeping coach Bob Wilson as “the best 17-year-old player I've ever seen." “But wasn't Pele the best 17-year-old?" Wilson asked. "I am telling you about a player who plays in a different role to Pele,” said Wenger. “Pele was a striker, not a creator."

Without Cesc, Arsenal’s average points per game drops from 2.1 to 1.75  -  extrapolate this over 38 games and the Gunners would have ended last season with just 67 points – battling it out with Manchester City for a spot in the Europa League.

Three years later, with Fabregas barely out of his teens, Wilson confirmed the player was a match for any of the Gunners’ greats.  “Cesc has Dennis's [Bergkamp] brain,” he said, “the combativeness and touch of Patrick Vieira, the marauding spirit of Rocastle and Thomas, and the magic wand of Liam Brady's left foot, only in his right boot. I can't praise him enough; he's up there with the best of them.”

Plenty of well-deserved praise has been heaped on Jack Wilshire and Samir Nasri this season but their rise in form cannot make up for the fact that without the Spaniard, Arsenal are not the same attacking force and the figures support this fact.

Statistics reveal that the Gunners’ rely on their maestro to an alarming extent - and without him they struggle.

Of the last 50 games, Fabregas has played 30: Arsenal have won 67% of these, drawn 10% and lost 23%. In his absence, the team have managed to win just 50% of their games, drawing 25% and losing the rest.

Without Cesc, Arsenal’s average points per game drops from 2.1 to 1.75  -  extrapolate this over 38 games and the Gunners would have ended last season with just 67 points – battling it out with Manchester City for a spot in the Europa League.

Should Barca finally come and collect their prodigal son at the end of this season as expected then these figures do not bode well for Arsenal's future. Sure, Nasri and Wilshire have made giant strides this season but would they ever be able to replace such a world-class talent.

If Arsenal are to finally win some silverware after the six year drought you suspect they need to do it now - because without their genius of a captain it could prove to be a whole lot more tricky next season .

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Look past this Carling Cup Final and the future does look worrying for the Gunners s