Merson believes Cesc Fabregas ‘has to play’ against Arsenal

Merson believes Cesc Fabregas ‘has to play’ against Arsenal

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas impressed in the last comeback win against Leicester and this is the reason why SkySports pundit Paul Merson believes the Spaniard ‘must start’ against his former side Arsenal.

Merson declared: “This is a huge match, especially with Man City playing at 3pm, because whoever slips up will probably be even further behind the current league leaders”.

“I give the slight advantage to Arsenal because they’re at home but it is one of those situations whereby, come 7pm on Saturday night, we will know what kind of season they will have.”

“They are flat-track bullies but don’t really turn it on against the big teams and could be eight points off the top if they lose and City win. Do you see City losing three games without Arsenal also slipping up?

The 29-year-old made his debut in the Blues starting XI on Tuesday, when he scored a brace in the extra-time.

“For me, Cesc Fabregas has to play for Chelsea – Merson stated – N’Golo Kante will cover every blade of grass but you need someone to get on the ball and pass it. Fabregas is among the best in the Premier League in possession.”