Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown doubts whether Chelsea would be the ideal club for Cesc Fabregas, who looks certain to complete a £30m move to Stamford Bridge from Barcelona in the coming days. However, Keown is not surprised that Arsene Wenger rejected the opportunity to re-sign the Spanish midfielder.
"After Fabregas left, Arsene had to invest time in someone else and he doesn't want to block their path if Fabregas comes back,” the Gunners’ hero said while speaking on behalf of Official England Supporter williamhill.com. "Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is someone who can play in that central midfield position as well as Jack Wilshere of course.
"Wenger probably feels he's more than catered for in that attacking midfield area - it's a defensive midfielder that's going to be more purposeful in that Arsenal squad now."
On Fabregas’s reported move to Chelsea, which could be completed by the end of the week, Keown admitted he has reservations about whether Stamford Bridge is the ideal destination for the World Cup winner, whose reputation as an Arsenal legend will be tarnished by joining the west London outfit.
"I don't think Chelsea would be an ideal move for Fabregas having been at Arsenal before, but it remains to be seen where he ends up,” Keown added. "People move on, people make their decisions and if he ends up playing for one of Arsenal's rivals that's football, it's just the way it is."
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has identified Fabregas as the perfect replacement for the club’s all-time top scorer Frank Lampard, and hopes to wrap up a deal over the forthcoming days. Barcelona, meanwhile, have already secured a replacement for the 27-year-old in the form of Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who could complete his move to the Camp Nou this evening.
As well as Fabregas, Chelsea are also confident of securing the services of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa. The Brazil-born Spain international will complete a £32 million move to Stamford Bridge this month.