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Cesc Fabregas has yet to start a Premier League game for Chelsea this season.

Cesc Fabregas hoping his late heroics against Leicester City silence critics

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It has been a tough couple of years for Cesc Fabregas since his arrival at Chelsea in 2014.

Not only did the Spain international come under heavy criticism from Arsenal fans for choosing to join their London rivals, but also endured a testing relationship with some Blues fans - most famously one banner branding he, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa "rats".

However, having featured in just three of Chelsea' five Premier League games this season - all as a substitute - there have been question marks in the media about Fabregas' long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

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N'Golo Kante arrived from Leicester City this summer, as one of the division's best midfielders last season, while he has formed a partnership with Nemanja Matic in midfield - leaving the Spaniard out of the team.

The main concern is over Fabregas' defensive capabilities, although boss Antonio Conte admits the 29-year-old is improving in that area of his game.

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But Fabregas was left slightly frustrated, following Chelsea's extra-time victory over Leicester in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night, after what he felt was unfair criticism aimed at him, from the media.

The Spain international scored twice in two minutes, during added time, to ensure Conte's men progressed to the next round of the cup, after a nervy start to the game.

And Fabregas is hoping that his performance in the cup, where he started alongside Matic, will silence the journalists who have been criticising the midfielder, of late.

Kante is once again proving undroppable for Conte, with some top class performances, meaning Fabregas is going to have to work hard to dislodge the France international from Chelsea's starting XI.

But with the Spaniard repaying Conte for his decision to start him against Leicester, it remains to be seen whether the Chelsea boss believes he has seen enough for Fabregas to warrant his first league start of the season, away to the midfielder's former club, Arsenal, on Saturday.

Did Cesc Fabregas' performance against Leicester City prove to Antonio Conte that he is worth a start against his former club, Arsenal, on Saturday? Have your say in the comment box below.

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