Cesc Fabregas hails Arsenal star Mathieu Flamini

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Cesc Fabregas is delighted to see former Arsenal team mate Mathieu Flamini playing with a smile on his face.

The Barcelona midfielder played alongside Flamini for the Gunners until 2008 when the latter departed to AC Milan. Flamini returned in the summer but Fabregas had departed for Barcelona two years previous.

Flamini's return, which was a free transfer, was met with mixed reaction by Arsenal fans, who were urging Arsene Wenger to spend money on high quality additions.

But the Frenchman has established himself as a strong presence in the Arsenal squad once again, providing a stability in midfield alongside the creative talents of Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla.

Former Arsenal captain Fabregas says he is happy to see Flamini enjoying his football in north London once again.

Speaking to, the Spaniard said: "I am very happy for him; he’s a very close friend to me. He had a lot of injuries in Milan and maybe he didn’t enjoy his best time there, but finally he has a smile on his face.

"He’s always been a very happy guy, very confident, he always sees happiness when maybe there is problems because he’s a positive guy and I’m very happy for him and proud of him. Same for Tomas Rosicky."

Fabregas made over 300 appearances for Arsenal over eight years before eventually sealing a £35m move to Barcelona in 2011.

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