Arsenal education made me, says Fabregas

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Cesc Fabregas says his eight-year spell with Arsenal provided him with an excellent footballing education which he has now taken to Barcelona.

The 24-year-old midfielder returns to London with the reigning World and European champions Spain, who take on England at Wembley in an international friendly this weekend.

Fabregas left the Emirates Stadium in the summer in favour of a return to the Camp Nou, and whilst he says he is learning a lot with the La Liga champions, he will never forget his time with Gunners under the stewardship of Arsene Wenger.

"At Arsenal, I often supported Robin van Persie, now I'm doing the same with Lionel Messi and David Villa," he said in the Daily Mirror. "I learned so much at Arsenal and it is good to be able to use that experience in Spain.

"Matches like Sunday's 2-2 draw in Bilbao, where the surface was very wet, need the sort of strengths of the English game.

"Our ambitions are pretty clear at Barcelona. What we want is to go far in all competitions we enter. To do that we have to deliver the goods in difficult conditions, too.

"They closed their defensive lines well and it was difficult to create chances. However, we did manage to control the game."

Fabregas will be hoping to feature for Vicente Del Bosque's side in some capacity this weekend, on an emotional return to the English capital, which will forever be close to the Spaniard's heart.

"I learned so much at Arsenal, grew up there and have so much respect for them," he added. "They have got great players, a great manager and I still enjoy English football."

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