Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has reaffirmed his commitment to the Gunners cause and would love to lead them to victory over his boyhood club Barcelona in next year's Champions League final at Wembley.
The 23-year-old playmaker's future was one of the great talking points of the summer, with Barcelona making no secret of their desire to take him back to his homeland. However, Arsenal rejected the Catalan club's advances and Fabregas insists he is as happy as he ever was at the Emirates Stadium.
He told the Daily Mirror: "I have strong feelings for Barcelona and they will always be in my head. I try to watch their games most weekends. But my first priority now is Arsenal because I am a professional. What happened in the summer didn't damage my reputation at the club or my friendships or relationships there. Many of my team-mates are also friends and they know my true feelings. It will be spectacular to repeat the Champions League final of 2006 in a stadium like Wembley. And of course to defeat Barca."
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was instrumental in convincing Fabregas that his immediate future lay in north London and Fabregas added: "I've never had a problem with the coach. He knows how passionate I am and that I will always give my maximum for Arsenal. I dream of winning the title with Arsenal. I never hid my intentions in the summer. I wanted to play for Barcelona but it wasn't possible and that's finished.
"Now I will always give my best for Arsenal. They are such a special part of my life and I want to be successful here. I will always be grateful to Arsenal."
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