Arsenal legend: I want to return to the club; they can win the title

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Cesc Fabregas has been vocal in the media this week over his love for the north London club, and feels this could be the season to end an eight-year wait for silverware.

Cesc Fabregas was linked with a summer move to Manchester United, but the latest comments from the mercurial Spanish midfielder suggest that former club Arsenal would be his only destination should be return to England.

The Spain international has revealed that he still has a deep-rooted attachment to the club, and would love to return to the Emirates Stadium one day.

“Arsenal is in my heart and always will be,” Fabregas told The Guardian.

“It was important for me to leave the right way. I think the fans understood. I don't know if I'll have the opportunity to go back and play there one day, or maybe after football.

“The club's like a family so even if it wasn't as a coach, I'm sure they'd give me the chance to play a role. It's a club that is always going to be there and will always open its doors to me."

Since Fabregas’ move to Barcelona, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere have ran the Arsenal midfield, with the Wales international in great form.

The Spaniard has revealed his admiration for the midfield duo.

"I watch the way Ramsey is playing now, how he looks so liberated, and I think maybe I blocked his way,” Fabregas continued.

“Maybe I was an obstacle. Sometimes you need someone to leave for you to step forward and say: 'I'm here.' I'm saying that about Ramsey just as an example … I could say the same for Jack [Wilshere].

“It's the concept I'm talking about, the idea of stepping up. That mental unblocking is so important. Both of them have a brilliant future."[They can be] as good as they want. They have quality on the ball and they have the physical attributes. Ramsey's stamina is spectacular.

“Wilshere is a bit different to the typical English player: he's more of a short passer. Ramsay is one of those that you look at and think: 'He doesn't stand out in any specific quality, but he does everything, everything, well.' His touch is good, his movement's good, now he's scoring goals too, providing assists.

“He's a kid who as a team player is a beast. Above all, he now has the confidence, responsibility."

Arsenal sit on top of the Premier League table after nine games, and many are talking about the Gunners as potential title contenders.

Fabregas has admitted that he has his fingers crossed for his former team.

"The experience was missing [and] we suffered because of that," Fabregas said

"Now I think they've found a good balance. They have people there who have a lot of experience like [Per] Mertesacker and Mikel [Arteta] and [Lukas] Podolski. I really do think [that Flamini could make the difference].

"I really hope so. They've started very well. They look very strong; let's see how they last. With Manchester there is always talk about a dip, but it never happens. A lot gets decided over Christmas: the team that hangs in there best, that can resist the best, will take the title."

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