Former Chelsea winger, Pat Nevin, reckons that Cesc Fabregas could destroy Arsenal during the FA Cup final in more ways than one.

  • Fabregas has scored five Premier League goals and assisted 11 this season
  • Nevin reckons form should point to Cesc starting
  • Arsenal v Chelsea kicks off at 5:30pm on 27 May

Nevin believes that Fabregas’ form and potential to perform against his old club should mean that the playmaker makes Antonio Conte’s starting XI for the FA Cup final at Wembley.

“The gaffer will make those calls but then what about the Pedro or Willian choice?,” Nevin told Chelsea’s website.

“That is a tough one though it pales when you consider how much time will be spent considering the relative merits of starting with Nemanja Matic or Cesc [Fabregas]. “Arsenal’s midfield wouldn’t fancy winning against Kante and Matic in a battle, but it seems set up for Cesc considering the form he is in and that it is against his old club. 

“The size of the pitch at Wembley would suit Cesc’s passing, but might it be better to hold him in reserve for the second half to exploit tiring opponents?”

Although the Spain international didn’t start the season as strongly as he’s used to, he’s made a terrific comeback during the final push for Chelsea’s title.

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In total, he’s scored five goals this season, with one coming against Arsenal the last time the two teams met, hammering the final nail in the coffin that was the Gunners’ display – and 3-1 loss – that day.

While it would be nice to think that if he does play, which is likely, that Arsene Wenger would know how to deal with him, I highly doubt anyone knows how to deal with Cesc Fabregas when he’s in form.