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Fabregas sees bright future

Arsenal skipper has faith in young squad

Fabregas: Optimistic

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Cesc Fabregas is confident Arsenal's young squad can bring success back to Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners are preparing to end a fourth consecutive season empty-handed, with their last opportunity to land some silverware this term extinguished by Manchester United in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

For the first time in his reign, Arsene Wenger has begun to see his policies and tactics questioned, with some supporters beginning to grow restless.

At just 22, Fabregas is seen as the leader of the new Arsenal, with his responsibilities as captain placing added responsibility on his young shoulders.

However, the Spaniard is confident he can meet the expectations placed upon him and has backed his manager and team-mates to deliver a long-awaited trophy in the not too distant future.

"It has been a difficult season. For a young squad like ours we did quite well," Fabregas said in the Evening Standard.

"It is tough, but you have to stand up and look to the future. If we keep going and keep the team together, I am sure this team will have a lot to say in the future."

Changes

While Fabregas believes Arsenal already possess the potential to be challenging for honours, there are those that feel the Gunners lack the necessary experience required to be successful on a consistent basis.

Spanish keeper Manuel Almunia understands that argument and he feels Wenger must look to bring in fresh faces over the summer in order to rectify the problem.

"The Arsenal team is a good team, a good squad but fans expect more from us and who knows maybe we need some changes to the squad in the summer," he said.

"But the responsibility is with the boss, who understands what the club needs most and which decisions need to be taken."