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Fabregas: 'I Needed This!'

Cesc Fabregas must have woken up this morning and thought: 'did last night really happen? Or was it an amazing dream?'

That question would have been answered when he tried to get up after running 8 miles last night.

Fabregas' best performance of his career, along with the best performance you're ever likely to see from a team saw Arsenal domainte AC Milan and grab a well deserved 2-0 win.

Not only was it the best performance of his career, but scoring THAT goal was one of the best moments of his career, according to Fabregas.

'It was one of the best moments of my career and I went straight to the boss because without him I would never have had the chance to play in a game like this,' he told

The Spanish midfielder admitted that he has not been at his best since he suffered an injury before Christmas, but says that he is back to his best now: 'Maybe I have not been at my best since my injury, but now I feel great once again.

'This performance has been very important for my confidence. After I had started the season so well and then had an injury, I was not playing the way I used to and I was a bit upset. I needed a performance like this.

'When you look back on your career, these are the nights you are going to remember.

'We have to be very proud of what we have done. We went over to our fans, and you could also see some of the Milan fans clapping. You could see they like this kind of football and that we played well.

'The Milan players all said: 'well done, we hope you win it now'. In Italy, they have a lot of respect.'

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Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 5 2008

Time: 7:37PM

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great result last night
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05/03/2008 19:40:00

We all needed it too.
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05/03/2008 19:59:00

we must start winning in PL games again.
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05/03/2008 20:37:00

Loved that picture where Cesc and the whole team embraced le boss. For only that one time did he look the boy he actually was as he's so happy that he's about to cry. Saw in the ATVO interview that when he's talking in front of the camera, Carlo Ancelotti sought him out and, ignoring he's being filmed, wanted to shake Cesc's hand. He came of age long ago, but this is where people will stop calling him a 'boy' or 'kid'.
Lou the Gunneress
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05/03/2008 21:37:00

Did he ever need this!, with his goal tally dried up and his game having been patchy at best, he has been well below his own high standards for too long, hopefully Cesc (and all the lads) can now kick on and hit some storming form to get us where we need to be.
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05/03/2008 22:00:00

The midfield musketeer with the eye of a hawk.
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05/03/2008 22:02:00

I needed this too ! Our season was going down the gurgler for a few weeks there ! I was getting irritable! Now I am happy again !
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05/03/2008 22:53:00

I love how they do that how far a player has run thing... I don't see the point really since you could run around all night and not touch the ball. I remember that against Olympiakos first leg, it recorded Cech as having run over 2000m. But fair play to the lad - he kept trying even though his goal scoring hasn't been good recently and got his reward.
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05/03/2008 23:22:00

He constantly tunrs up for the big matches. Think Real Madrid, Juve, Liverpool and Man Utd this year as well as last year when he assisted Ade and now this. The sign of a great player
Aussie Gooner
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06/03/2008 02:14:00

Cesc needed this goal, the team did, and so did we. Great timing, and its pleasing to see him get back in form for the crucial run-in to the season end.
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06/03/2008 02:53:00

Now he needs to continue this form until the end of the season.
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06/03/2008 03:49:00

i loved seeing the team in high spirits, seeing fabs celebrating with his teammates and AW. fabs did a wonderful job in milan, as did hleb and flamster. i like the way walcott is progressing too, gives us more options now. and with rvp back, i am truly excited. what a team this will be in the next few years. one arsenal legacy coming up!!!
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06/03/2008 03:49:00

Reputations are made in games like this. Individual and collective confidence gains a big boost. The trick for us is to take that into the next game. Wigans bumpy pitch and a relatively small crowd is going to feel a very different environment to the one we have just experienced. Reputations can be made or lost in the 'big' games but league titles are won and lost in matches like the one coming up. We need to stay focussed.
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06/03/2008 09:19:00

Zola- 2000m is 2km... 1.3 miles. Thats fk all! We need to do to things in the coming weeks... 1) Spank Wigan by a big score and 2) DO NOT DRAW MAN U IN THE QUARTERS!!!!!! i will cry
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06/03/2008 10:04:00

It does not matter who we draw in the next round. We will go all the way. Its the only way.
Warri Gooner
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06/03/2008 12:15:00

Sorry to drift away from the topic, but here is a very interesting synopsis of the FIRST interview of Dudu after his horrific injury.. I think you will all find it very interesting and surprising
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06/03/2008 13:56:00

Yeah, just shows what utter tools the media can be, fabricating interviews with Dudu (NOTW) and stories about Taylor visiting Dudu in the hospital.
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06/03/2008 14:07:00

GUYS actually if we were to draw any of the english teams i think it'd rather be man united than anyother....cuz well chelsea and liverpool esp. iverpool wont be bothered abt the prem they'll really go for it in the champs league.....whereas man u like us will hav an eye on both...and remember we hav the 2nd leg sandwiched b/w liverpool at home and man u drawing man u wont be the worst thing in the world
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06/03/2008 14:19:00

cesc once again showed just what he will be in the years to come... he'll be more experienced and turn up these kind of performance week in week out.. however, his performance shouldn't overlook the collective effort put in by the team.. diaby had one his better games in his makeshift left wing role, linking up well and passing the ball instead of taking defenders himself.. senderos once again shows wat a defender we can hv on the bench shud something happen to gallas and toure.. flamini was the motm in my opinion, i've always liked the lad and he deserves as much praise, if not more than fabregas.. hleb is showing the early season form again and that is good.. eboue too with some shooting practise will be a player worth watching in the future, he is getting in good spaces but his final shot has been disappointing.. walcott will grow, bendtner will become stronger.. van persie, rosicky and toure are not too far away.. things are looking bright again and there is no reason to doubt us.. waiting for the match report now
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06/03/2008 15:39:00

Did you all see FABrigas going around each Arsenal player giving them a high five and a come on lets do this, this was when Almunia was down recieving treatment? He is going to be Arsenal captain in the not to distant future.
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07/03/2008 21:12:00


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