Fab move for Cesc – Walcott

The ex-Gunners captain finally returned to the Catalan giants in

the summer following a lengthy transfer wrangle between the two

clubs. Despite the 24-year-old’s exit from North London, Walcott

has been in no doubt that Fabregas made the right move. Saturday

could be the first time that the duo line up against each other

since their time at Arsenal together when England face Spain at

Wembley. “He was an absolutely fantastic player for Arsenal.

Throughout the years he was with us he went up so many levels,” the

22-year-old said. “Now he puts on a Barca shirt and it just seems

to suit him. It’s where he always wanted to be in the end. That’s

where he started and he’s fitted into the team really well, he’s

scoring goals and enjoying himself. “It’ll be nice to see him again

and it will be weird playing against him for the first time. He’s

such a dominant player it’ll be interesting to see how he fits in

against us. I’m sure we can cope with him. “He’s coming off the

back of a draw which is rare for Barca, but he scored so he’s

flying with confidence. “The Spanish team have so many danger men

you can’t just focus on one though, you have to look after them all

at the same time.” Despite the ‘fear factor’ surrounding the world

champions with the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and David Villa in

their side, Walcott insists the visitors should not underestimate

Fabio Capello’s men. “England are very strong through the middle,

so hopefully they will find it tough,” the former Southampton

forward said. “If they go wide we’ve got great full-backs, and I

think if I went through the entire list of individuals for England

we’ve got great players across the board. “So I’m hoping they’re

going to find it tough to get around us. “That’s what we did with

Arsenal against Barca, we frustrated them, played them at their own

game, dropped off when we needed to. “It’s also important when you

lose the ball that you react and try to win it back in five

seconds.”