Cesc won't rest until final

Arsenal skipper chomping at the bit to finally lead his team out

Fabregas: Desperate to lead out Gunners

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Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has insisted that he will do everything he can to lead his team out in the Carling Cup final on Sunday.

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The Spaniard limped out of his team's 1-0 win over Stoke on Wednesday night with barely 15 minutes on the clock, and was joined by team-mate Theo Walcott on the sidelines in the second half after he sprained his ankle under Dean Whitehead's challenge.

Walcott is definitely out of the season's first showpiece match at Wembley, where the Gunners will take on Birmingham.

It is Arsenal's best chance to take home some silverware since winning their last trophy - the FA Cup - back in 2005.

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And with Thierry Henry and Kolo Toure having led out the Gunners in their last two finals in the UEFA Champions League in 2006 and the Carling Cup in 2007 respectively, it is Fabregas' first chance to be at the front of the line.

The 23-year-old admitted on his official Twitter page that he is unsure whether he will recover from his hamstring knock and be ready in time, but he was willing to go through sleepless nights to ensure he can lift the trophy.

"I dont know if I'll make Sunday or not, but all I know is that from this moment to Sunday I won't sleep if it's necessary," he said.

"I've waited too long to captain a final for Arsenal and I won't give up till the last second."

Who will win the Carling Cup?

  • Arsenal
  • Birmingham