Arsene Wenger will regret rejecting Cesc Fabregas

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Arsenal are on the verge of completing one of the biggest deals of the summer. Alexis Sanchez may have already signed his four-year contract with the Gunners by the time you read this article - but the Chile international's former Barcelona teammate, Cesc Fabregas, should have joined him at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger took the surprise decision to turn down the Spain international, whose three-year adventure with his beloved boyhood club came to an abrupt end on the second day of the World Cup finals in Brazil, allowing Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to pounce.

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Fabregas would have helped Sanchez settle at Arsenal

Fabregas and Sanchez arrived at Barcelona at the same time - the summer of 2011. They subsequently became good teammates and, when deployed together, developed a good understanding and appreciation for each other on the pitch.

That Sanchez will arrive at the Emirates Stadium not knowing anybody isn't necessarily a negative - there are several Spanish speakers at the club, after all - but Fabregas spent eight years with the Gunners and would have eased the Chilean's transition from Barcelona to Arsenal.

Of course, there's a good chance that Sanchez will still be in touch with Fabregas on a regular basis - both will be based in London, so it makes perfect sense that they will be. But having him there at Arsenal would have made a big difference during the opening months of his spell with the Gunners.

Fabregas knows Sanchez's game

Fabregas and Sanchez have played together and trained together at a club where tactics and style are of paramount importance for the past three years.

There's little doubt the two world-class players would have linked up to great effect and caused defences the length and breadth of the country - plus those in the Champions League - all manner of problems with their individual quality and united understanding.

Fabregas had a hand in many of Sanchez's 47 Barcelona goals - and, while the likes of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are good enough to strike up a good understanding with their new teammate, it'll still take time and hard work out on the training pitch for that connection to flourish.

Watch Sanchez & Fabregas linking up at Barcelona

Arsenal needed a midfielder

Wenger is on the hunt for a new central midfielder, but appears to be keener to sign a destroyer rather than a creator like Fabregas. The veteran French coach has his eye on someone like Real Madrid enforcer Sami Khedira or Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin - players who will sit in front of the back four and do their job with minimal fuss.

But Fabregas would have been an upgrade on what Arsenal currently have. The club's supporters have been pining for the Spaniard's return ever since he left for the Camp Nou, so why Wenger backed out of a £32 million deal - a reasonable price - continues to mystify.

Fabregas is now a rival of Arsenal Football Club, as well as a former teammate Alexis Sanchez.

But it needn't have been that way.

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