Cesc fancies ten years at Arsenal

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Henry's departure to Barcelona in the summer cast a shadow of uncertainty over North London in pre-season but the form of new talisman Fabregas, and his rapidly maturing team-mates, has seen the mood shift significantly.

Having scored six goals from his last six appearances the 20-year-old is in buyout mood and he predicts that his stay in the capital will prove to be a long one.

"Right now, yes," said Fabregas, when quizzed on whether he could see himself at Arsenal in ten years' time.

"I love everything about English football. The pace of the game, the attacking style.

"I feel like a kid playing in the street."

Fabregas proceeded to candidly reveal that Henry's move to Camp Nou lifted a weight of apprehension from those that felt intimidated by the Frenchman's presence.

And Fabregas accepts that in Henry's absence, several others have stepped from the periphery to play major roles in what is a rejuvenate Arsenal side.

"Henry intimidated us," he confessed in The Times . "He is a great player but it was not easy to play alongside him.

"We were a bit inhibited - dependent on everything that he wanted to do.

"Everyone was saying that this year without Henry we would be nowhere. That has motivated everyone."

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