Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas would love to lead them to victory over his boyhood club Barcelona in next year's Champions League final at Wembley. The 23-year-old almost moved back to the Catalan club in the summer but Arsenal rejected their advances.

He told the Daily Mirror: "I have strong feelings for Barcelona and they will always be in my head. I try to watch their games most weekends. But my first priority now is Arsenal because I am a professional.

"What happened in the summer didn't damage my reputation at the club or my friendships or relationships there.

"Many of my team-mates are also friends and they know my true feelings.

"It will be spectacular to repeat the Champions League final of 2006 in a stadium like Wembley. And of course to defeat Barca."

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was instrumental in convincing Fabregas that his immediate future lay in north London and Fabregas added: "I've never had a problem with the coach. He knows how passionate I am and that I will always give my maximum for Arsenal. I dream of winning the title with Arsenal. I never hid my intentions in the summer. I wanted to play for Barcelona but it wasn't possible and that's finished.

"Now I will always give my best for Arsenal. They are such a special part of my life and I want to be successful here. I will always be grateful to Arsenal."

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