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Cesc Fabregas maintains Arsenal's renewed sense of unity has given them extra strength heading into the defining period of the season.

The Gunners captain is closing in on a first-team return from a serious knee injury which has sidelined him since before Christmas. Fabregas has been an interested spectator from the sidelines, and witnessed the Gunners resurgence in recent weeks.

"In recent games everyone's attitude has changed, the players and the fans, and you can see that reflected on the pitch," the 21-year-old said.

Now back up into fourth place in the Barclays Premier League following an unbeaten run of 15 matches and also in the last eight of the Champions League after a dramatic penalty shoot-out win in Rome, the atmosphere at the club is now much more positive as the campaign enters a crucial stage.

Fabregas - who hopes to be match fit following the international break - feels the team can draw on that for the battles ahead.

He continued: "All of the frustration is now turning into enthusiasm for the season - we are also in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and are fourth in the league with nine games to go and a lot of points to win.

"It is good that we are fighting on three fronts and that we are getting our football back on to the top level.

"Now we need to keep it going and improve - a great team is one that always tries to get better and better. We are on the way, and we can't lose that."

Fabregas, though, warned Arsenal, who travel to relegation battlers Newcastle on Saturday, must not waste all of their hard work by allowing complacency to creep in.

"We are back in fourth place now and need to take care of what we have. We must realise that now we have got it back, we can't lose it again easily," he said.

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