Fabregas on 'beastly' Ramsey, Ozil praise and resurgent Flamini

A former Arsenal son has spoken out over a number of his Gunner brothers.

Francesc Fabregas, 26, may have moved on from his Arsenal days having returned 38 assists and 31 goals in 109 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona, but the Spaniard remains an interested observer in whenever his former club plays, so much so, that there are three Gunners who have impressed him the most from the current campaign.

'Ramsey’s stamina is spectacular,' said the playmaking midfielder, as quoted by Daily Mail.

The Welshman has been one of the most productive Premier League players of the current season, attempting 556 passes (completing 87%), involving himself in 135 duels, maknig 40 tackles (winning 34 of them), 11 interceptions, five clearances, three blocks, creating 11 chances, three assists, 15 shots (ten on target) and five goals.

However, that is not what most impresses Fabregas: 'He and [Mathieu] Flamini are the best I’ve ever seen in terms of covering the ground and being physically strong. His touch is good, his movement is good. Now he is scoring too. And he gives final passes, which we had not seen before. He is a beast of a team player.'

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Ramsey's rise in form has grabbed as many headlines as Mesut Ozil's instant impact. Fabregas commented: 'If you have the chance to sign Mesut Ozil then you can’t let it pass you by. He wanted to play for Arsenal. Wenger won him over and when you have the chance with a player like that it doesn’t matter if you already have seven or eight who are similar, you have to take it.'

Cesc also credited Wenger's ability to get the best out of his players, and pointed to Flamini's performances as a testament to Arsene's coaching credentials: 'If you saw Flamini play at Milan he is not the same player and yet he was doing the same thing but it was not valued the same way.

'Arsenal have players who have great movement and Mathieu interprets that very well. And he runs something like 13km every match, something incredible.'

Arsenal play Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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