Cesc Fabregas, a player many fans deem irreplaceable and dread the day when he will leave the club and move to a new club.

At his tender age, his accomplishments and stature in the modern game already rank amongst the highest in the game.

After the end of the 2007/2008 season, many expect him to be demanding for success come the end of the 2008/2009 season, and rightly so. Some of the top players in the world ply their trade at Arsenal, and many expect Arsenal to be challenging for the League title and Champions League. Arsenal’s brand of unique attacking flair has won over many fans and admirers, so expectations are high.

The new campaign is under way and Arsenal has just played its fourth league game of the season and the manner of the victory over Blackburn have optimism sky high once again. But despite the victory some pressing issues remain, and I’ll highlight one of them.

Fabregas has had a slow start to the season as compared to the previous campaign, where he started off the blocks like Usain Bolt, electrifying the crowd and media with some awesomely stunning performances. This season though, he has started only his first game in the league at Blackburn, and looked very quiet. Fast forward to after Adebayor has scored the penalty awarded after Eboue was tripped by Warnock, the crowd saw more of the Fabregas of last season. The flicks, back-heels started to appear. Fabregas have not started this season as impressively as the previous, after a long season and a successful Euro competition, he has been given an extended holiday to rest by Arsene. He only returned to pre-season action at the Amsterdam Cup and went on an extended period of absence after suffering a slight injury.

No doubt he will pick up his performances after easing his way into league action, but more importantly, if he is able to time his peak and maintain his high level of performance, he might be able to give Arsenal the extra push that we lacked the last season and cross the finishing line as the League Champion. With the various players currently out due to injuries, Diaby back soon, Rosicky somewhere this month and Eduardo back around Xmas, Arsenal might just have the extra edge needed to make up for shortfall last season.

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