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Fabregas: I felt 'super-important' at Arsenal

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Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas admits he has found it difficult to adjust to life at Barcelona having enjoyed such a prominent role during his time a the Emirates Stadium.

Fabregas succeeded William Gallas as Arsenal skipper in 2008, and retained the armband until he left the club for Barcelona for a fee €40 million little under three years later.

Despite realising his dream to come 'home' to the Camp Nou, Fabregas says he encountered difficulty upon realisation that his place in the Barcelona team would be far from guaranteed - unlike at Arsenal.

Fabregas says he felt almost invincible at Arsenal but, with Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Xavi each operating in his preferred positions at Barcelona, the Spain international is now becoming more accustomed to place on the bench.

But the 25-year-old knows he made the right choice to leave Arsenal, even if it does mean his patience is often tested as a Barcelona player.

"To play for the best team in the world is not easy. I was Arsenal captain, I felt super-important and here you need to take on board that three of the five best players in the world play your position," Fabregas told El Pais.

"[But] it is fantastic. All I can do is fight, learn and when one [of Xavi, Iniesta and Messi] is not there, play, work hard, and enjoy myself."

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