Fabregas ready for Barca

Gunners skipper also downplays return to Catalan

Fabregas: Focusing on Arsenal

Fabregas: Focusing on Arsenal

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Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas believes he is in good shape to play against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night after overcoming a hamstring injury.

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Manager Arsene Wenger has said that the Spain international has a 90 per cent chance of playing in the last 16 second leg, which would mark the 23-year-old's first return to Camp Nou since leaving Barcelona's Academy for England at the age of 16.

Fabregas is also confident that he can help Arsenal defend their 2-1 aggregate advantage, having trained for almost one week despite missing his club's last three matches.

"My fitness is good. For the last six days I have not felt anything. I have been training outside," he said.

"It was a very small thing that I had. It is muscular and sometimes you can take a big gamble if you come back quicker.


"So I prefer to be safe and I know that I am good if selected to play. That's it, that's the reality."

Fabregas is also downplaying his return to the Catalan after missing last season's Champions League quarter-final through injury.

The midfielder was also a transfer target for Barcelona last summer, but he is not in the mood for any distractions.

He said: "I want to win for Arsenal and that's it. I don't put anything extra in my head because I play Barcelona in the Nou Camp.

"It's just one more game and we want to win."

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Who will make it to the last eight of the UEFA Champions League?

  • Arsenal
  • Barcelona

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