Fabregas wants winning Arsenal mentality

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Cesc Fabregas understands why Arsenal felt allowing him to join Barcelona was "impossible" - but maintains the Gunners must find their "winning mentality" this season.

Fabregas was close to returning to his boyhood club during the summer, only for Arsenal to stand firm as they rejected a £35million offer for their star midfielder whom they have nurtured since he was 16.

Fabregas told radio station Cadena Cope: " We just need to start winning titles because we have a wealth of quality. A winning mentality is missing."

He added: "I maintain that I was right because (to play for Barcelona) is a dream I have had since childhood. The truth is that the coach (Wenger) is like a second father to me. I told him what I thought. There were difficult moments.

"In the end, when I spoke to Wenger he told me 'no' - he was very emphatic, that the transfer was impossible.

"I am satisfied for all parties. It wasn't to be and that's that, though in my head I keep thinking it could have been a good opportunity.

"But here (at Arsenal) I have everything. I am still happy. I am very comfortable here, I like the club, lead the team, play football."

The 23-year-old is set to return from a hamstring injury for the visit of Birmingham on Saturday.

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