Craig Burley: I'm not surprised Cesc Fabregas turned down Arsenal

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Craig Burley has told ESPN he is not surprised that Cesc Fabregas turned down the chance to rejoin Arsenal last summer after being presented with the opportunity to win trophies at Chelsea.

The former Blues midfielder believes it was the Spain international's decision to move to Stamford Bridge ahead of an emotional return to the Emirates Stadium, despite the fact he's always maintained that the Gunners didn't want him.

Burley feels Fabregas made the right choice turning his back on Arsene Wenger because he always had a better chance of winning the Premier League title under Jose Mourinho - proved by the fact the west London outfit are now just one win away from claiming the 2014/15 crown.

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Arsenal look set to finish in second place, but are ten points behind the runaway leaders with four games to play, and that's even after an impressive run of eight consecutive victories that was halted by Chelsea following their 0-0 draw in north London last Sunday.

Wenger has previously suggested that he did want to re-sign his old captain from Barcelona, but the fact he'd already agreed to link-up with the Blues months in advance of his departure from Camp Nou meant that negotiations were always going to be very difficult.

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However, Burley supports the 27-year-old's decision wholeheartedly, stating that Fabregas's choice has been fully vindicated by the success he's enjoyed with Chelsea this season.

"Is it any wonder Cesc didn't go back to Arsenal? Why on earth would he have gone back to Arsenal to win nothing, when he could go to Chelsea," he enthused. "They're boring but they've got the second best scoring record in the league?

"When did they [Arsenal] last win a title? They've [fans] paid the most money, they pay their cash and they win nothing.

"Arsenal have entertained, probably the best in the last 10 years. [But] how many titles have they won?"

Burley's second point relates to criticism aimed at Chelsea from Arsenal supporters during last weekend's stalemate, where the home crowd grew increasingly frustrated by the visitors' perceived negative tactics, prompting them to produce chants of "boring, boring Chelsea".

The fiery Scot clearly feels Gunners fans are deluded, backing Mourinho and his brand of winning football as far superior and more entertaining from a fan's perspective than the ten year trophy drought experienced at Arsenal.

They did win the FA Cup last season - and have a shot at retaining it when they play Aston Villa in this year's Wembley final next month - but their last Premier League title success came way back in 2004, which is too long for a club of Arsenal's size and stature.

Arsenal fans: Are you confident of retaining the FA Cup? Can you follow it up with a stronger Premier League title challenge next season? Share your thoughts below…

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