Let’s talk about Cesc, baby.

In his past three appearances (two against Bolton, and the other at home to Aston Villa) Cesc Fabregas has had the look of a man on a mission.  In each match he has dragged his Arsenal team kicking and screaming to victories, in the process staking his claim as the finest player in the division. Some cynics may claim that he is playing for a move away from the Emirates, but the Spaniards demeanour of late suggests a real passion for the club. For the record, if he was to lead us to our first league title in five seasons then I for one wouldn’t begrudge him a move back to Barcelona.

With regards to the coveted player of the season award, the trophy seems destined for one of three players. Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba and Fabregas have each inspired their respective teams to mounting serious title challenges. The fact that the voting is imminent, combined with Rooney’s downturn in form and Drogba’s Ivory Coast commitments suggests that Cesc could be the frontrunner at this time.

Anyone looking to justify his tag as the favourite needs look no further than tapes from the last two matches. Outstanding at the Reebok on Saturday, the twenty two year old picked up where he left off with a similarly dynamic performance last night. Despite his brilliance Arsenal found themselves two goals down through a Gary Cahill volley and a penalty from Matty Taylor. The latter came as a result of a clumsy challenge from Denilson. The Brazilian had a poor night and needs to improve if he is to resume his partnership with Fabregas on Alex Song’s return from Angola.

Even at 2-0 though I always felt we had enough to win the game. When Tomas Rosicky fired home shortly before the break a similar belief was injected into the Emirates crowd. The team emerged from the break rejuvenated, and when Fabregas equalised in the 54th minute there was little doubt which team would go on to win the game. Owen Coyle said that William Gallas’ challenge in the build up to the goal was more akin to “assault”, and i’m afraid the former Burnley man has a point. The Frenchman arrived late and caught the brilliant Mark Davies on the ankle with his studs. Alan Wiley missed the incident though, and felt the full brunt of the away sides anger as they contested the subsequent equaliser.

What followed was as inevitable as Coyle’s comments as Thomas Vermaelen and Andrey Arshavin each scored fine goals to send the Gunners top of the pile.

In other news, our seemingly improving injury crisis has taken another blow with the news that full-back Kieran Gibbs will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured foot. This is particularly tough on the twenty year old in a World Cup  year. Although he is yet to feature in the England setup, speculation was rife that, given the poor form of Wayne Bridge, he could be in line for a call up to Fabio Capello’s squad.


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