Cesc Fabregas credits Arsenal midfield teammates Mathieu Flamini and Alex Hleb for his wonderful goalscoring form this season.

Cesc told The Sunday Times: "It's true I feel more free to go forward and that's down to [Mathieu] Flamini. He doesn't stop running, chasing the opponent. He has amazing energy. We had a bet, Tomas Rosicky, Alex Hleb, Mathieu and me about who'd score most this season, and Matt tells me, 'Hey, if you always go forward I cannot score'. So I must give him two goals, maybe."

Cesc added: "Alex is another reason. The football we like to play is more or less the same. Outside, we are very close friends and that helps because I understand the way he thinks and he understands me. Alex is the kind of player who makes you play better, he makes you look better, certainly. I swear, if Alex was not in the team I don't think I'd have scored 11 goals."