Untill a few years ago, Cesc Fabregas wasn't only the heart of Arsenal's midfield, but also the heart of Arsenal's whole game. However a childhood dream lured the Arsenal's captain away from the Emirates.
The summer of 2011 saw the Gunners say goodbye to one of their most loved stars - Fabregas.
After spending eight wonderful years at Arsenal, the Spaniard decided it was time to return home to Barcelona. After the end of one of the most talked about transfer sagas of all time, Arsenal's team missed a genuine star.
Arsene Wenger tried to overcome this by buying Santi Cazorla in 2012, and the Spaniard reacted brilliantly, winning Arsenal's Player of the Year award in his first season. But still, there was something missing.
And then came 2013 and Arsenal made their most high-profile signing ever, by signing Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid. This signing made news in the football world, just like the departure of Fabregas did.
Ozil has arrived at the Emirates as one of the most gifted playmakers in Europe. He has produced more assists than any other player in Europe in the last two years.
Fabregas was 24 when he left Arsenal, and Ozil is 24 when he arrived. They both have the talent to dominate the game and the ability to provide breathtaking assists. They both can change the face of a match single handedly and can devastate any opponent team on their day.
At the age of 24, Ozil has 88 assists and 29 goals while Fabregas at same age had 100 assists and 47 goals to his name. This stats prove that Ozil can takeover from where Fabregas left, and take the Gunners ahead.
Once, Arsenal's team was built around Fabregas, and now Ozil is seen as the centre of the team. If Ozil can continue his fine form and is able to do justice to his potential, he can be what Fabregas was to Arsenal - their captain, their star and their most loved player.
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