Date: 27th November 2008 at 9:32am
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It’s a not too uncommon belief that Cesc Fabregas was handed the captain’s armband in a thinly veiled attempt to keep him at The Grove that little while longer.

However, it’s speeches like the one we’re about to review that have me now believing that Cesc is perfect captain for us.

Ever since his astonishing rise to the summit of world football in the 2005/06 season Fabregas has developed the rather handy knack of being able to say the right things at the right times, and it’s quotes such as these (to go with his outstanding footballing abilities) that have Arsenal fans believing he will go on to become an Arsenal legend.

Speaking about his new job as the Arsenal skipper and our current form, the Spaniard puffed out his chest and declared war, but in a reasoned and sensible way.

‘I’ve played under three great captains in Vieira, Henry and Gallas and spoken to one of them already. Thierry, well, what can you say about him? He was the best player in the world when he was here and he was definitely a guy you always knew would be there at the decisive moments.’

‘We still speak on the phone and I will ask him about it. I have lost touch with Patrick a bit, but I would love to speak to him too about the job because he has so much experience.’

‘Patrick was a truly amazing captain, he led by example. In the dressing room he was always relaxed, making jokes, talking to the guys – he was one of us. He never said too much before the games, but on the pitch you always knew you could count on him to go into war with you.’

‘I never really saw Tony Adams play because I was too young. I cannot be like him but I would like to achieve some of the things he achieved.’

‘But my aim is to lift a trophy. People can say whatever they want about the title race but we have only played 14 games. It is not over yet. Nothing is done and we will fight until the end. Our target is to go to Chelsea and win on Sunday. We could get some points back. The other teams have difficult games as well.’

‘Chelsea have been playing really well. The times I watched them, they have played good football with quick combinations. I respect them a lot.

‘But Arsenal never go anywhere for a draw.’