By Dominic Toner
Cesc Fabregas was left on the Chelsea bench against Arsenal – and the club’s supporters were disappointed with the decision on Twitter.
The central midfielder has mainly been used as a substitute this season and has been left out of the starting line-up against his former side.
The 29-year-old will hope to make an impact off the bench and has missed out to N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic.
Antonio Conte has made just one change to the starting XI, with Pedro replacing Willian in an attacking position.
Chelsea fans were left annoyed that Fabregas was omitted from the starting line-up and feel he could have made a big influence.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
WHERE IS FABREGAS https://t.co/pOnirNfz2x
— ????angelia (@angeliaCFC) February 4, 2017
Fabregas should BE STARTING ALL THE TIME #CFC
— ???? (@lifeonbieber) February 4, 2017
I'd prefer Fabregas before Matic, and Ake on the bench.. #cfc
— Arjanit (@arjanitmorina) February 4, 2017
— Barinem (@bbarinem) February 4, 2017
Fabregas should be starting
— Max (@CFCMax_) February 4, 2017
— Sayma_Chelsea⚽️ (@sayma_chelsea) February 4, 2017
No Fabregas. Oh my God. #CFC
— V (@DonAlvaroMorata) February 4, 2017
I would have liked too see Fabregas start today but a win is expected nonetheless. Going to go for 3-1 Chelsea Costa x2 Hazard Sanchez
— FirstTenthFirst???? (@BlueBloodChels) February 4, 2017
Fabregas has made 18 senior appearances this season, but completed 90 minutes in just three Premier League games.
The Spain international has still managed to make a strong impact, scoring three goals and supplying seven assists.
He has proven useful off the bench for the Blues as he can dictate play over tiring defences.
In other Chelsea news, Jamie Carragher has compared the club’s defender to a Tottenham duo.