Committed Cesc leading by example

The Gunners skipper again played a key role as Arsene Wenger’s men

secured a memorable 2-1 victory over Barcelona in the first leg of

their last-16 Champions League tie on Wednesday night. The Spain

international’s superb pass sent Samir Nasri bursting clear in the

closing stages, with the Frenchman cutting the ball back for Andrey

Arshavin to slot home the winner. Fabregas was a summer target for

his former club Barca but was persuaded to remain at Emirates

Stadium for at least another season by manager Arsene Wenger.

Rumours relating to a return to his homeland continue to circulate,

with Real Madrid now also reported to be monitoring the situation,

but the 23-year-old wants to focus solely on ending Arsenal’s

six-year wait for silverware. Wenger’s men have the Carling Cup

final with Birmingham to look forward to, are well placed to

challenge Manchester United for the Premier League title and tackle

Leyton Orient in the fifth round of the FA Cup, on top of their

European ambitions. Fabregas said: “I’m showing I’m committed to

this club and we want to do great things. “I want to continue

working to improve and help us win trophies. We are still fighting

in all four competitions. “We want to win everything and go the

farthest possible in all competitions. “My future is the last thing

on my mind.”