Cesc Fabregas can't break Thierry Henry's Premier League assists record

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When Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was sent off in the most bizarre of fashions during last night's Premier League clash against West Bromwich Albion, Arsenal supporters collectively celebrated their former captain's stupidity at The Hawthorns.

However, the main reason for Gunners fans' delight had nothing to do with the back-story regarding the Spain international's failed return transfer to the Emirates Stadium last summer, nor the fact that his actions contributed towards the Blues shock 3-0 defeat against the Baggies.

No, by getting red carded for planting the ball on the back of Chris Brunt's head from a speculative kick out on the right wing Fabregas will now be suspended for the final game of the 2014/15 campaign, and as a result will miss out on the opportunity to break a long-standing record held by Thierry Henry.

The former Arsenal striker currently boasts the most assists in a single season in England's top-flight after laying on 20 goals for his team-mates during 2002/03.

Fabregas has contributed 18 to-date during his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge and looked set to surpass the Frenchman's tally before his rush of blood to the head on Monday evening.

As referee Mike Jones dealt with a spat between Diego Costa and Gareth McAuley - with several other players crowded around them - the former Barcelona man fired what looked like an innocuous shot towards the group.

After hitting Brunt on the back of his bonce, West Brom captain Darren Fletcher squared up to Fabregas angrily, prompting the man in the middle to give the 28-year-old his marching orders which cued scenes of jubilation over in north London.

Of course, Jose Mourinho thought the decision was harsh, especially as it now looks as though the midfielder will be unavailable for the first two matches of next season, given that he'll receive a three-game ban for violent conduct.

"Where is the danger of the situation, where is the aggression in the situation to get the red card in a friendly game?" Mourinho was quoted by BBC Sport after the game. "I really don't understand.

"I think Fletcher was aggressive, he pushed him in the chest because he is experienced and knows where he can push for a yellow card. He is much more aggressive than Fabregas.

"For me, a top referee, a stable, big personality and in control of the game, goes there, two or three words and it's done. It's a bizarre red card.

"A three-game ban for this? Harsh? Of course it's harsh. Why does he have to explain? He doesn't need to explain."

Two goals from Saido Berahino and one from Brunt secured all three points for the Baggies, who ended Chelsea's 16-game unbeaten run by recording this emphatic home victory.

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