Fabregas relishing Barca 'exam'

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Cesc Fabregas believes Arsenal can have no better stage on which to prove their potential than against Barcelona in the Nou Camp tonight.

The Spain World Cup winner has shrugged off a hamstring problem to return to the team he left as a teenager for the first time in a competitive club fixture, with a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League at stake.

"We have played so many games where we shown we have character, we have potential and that we are the present," said Fabregas, who was sidelined for the shock Carling Cup final defeat to Birmingham at Wembley. "We want to win things for the club and this is obviously a fantastic exam for all of us a team and individually."

He added: "We want to show how good we are and it's a fantastic opportunity for the team to have a great game."

Arsenal will take a slender 2-1 lead into tonight's clash following their stirring fightback at the Emirates Stadium and could be boosted by the return of leading scorer Robin van Persie who will have a late fitness test on his injured knee.

Despite the personal significance of the occasion for Fabregas, who endured another summer of transfer speculation over a £30million move back to the Catalan club, the Gunners skipper insists victory is the only thing on his mind.

"I am not here to shut up comments or to beat anyone specifically or whatever. I am just here to win for Arsenal Football Club," Fabregas said.

"Sometimes I don't understand these reactions or comments about people saying I want this or I feel this. I want to win for Arsenal and that's it. That's easy for me.

"I don't put anything extra in my head because I play against Barcelona in the Nou Camp. It is a special game for everyone because it is a special stadium and we play against a good team and that's it. It's one more game that we want to win.

Fabregas missed last season's Champions League quarter-final encounter at the Nou Camp after suffering a broken leg in the first tie in London.

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