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Fabregas eyeing Arsenal return

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Fabregas has praised Ramsey and Wilshere for stepping up

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits he has a desire to return to Arsenal, perhaps as a coach once his playing days have concluded.

Fabregas moved from The Emirates to the Camp Nou in 2011 following a protracted transfer saga. However, the Spain midfielder still holds the club close to his heart.

"Arsenal is in my heart and always will be. It was important for me to leave the right way. I think the fans understood," Fabregas told The Guardian.

"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."

Fabregas believes his former club can go on to claim the Premier League title, and is excited by the impact new signing Mesut Ozil has had on the youngsters whom he watched while at Arsenal.

"I really hope [Arsenal can win the title]. 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.

"If you have the chance to sign Ozil, you can't let it pass you by," he said. "I think he's going to enjoy it enormously. He's the man who has to make the difference in the final third. His last pass is brilliant, he'll get more space and with space he kills you. He's going to score more goals himself because of that space. There's no one better than him for that mediapunta [attacking midfielder] role.

"I watch the way [Aaron] Ramsey is playing now, how he looks so liberated, and I think maybe I blocked his way. 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."

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