Nou Camp star believes stopping Spaniard will be key in the Emirates battle.
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Barcelona striker David Villa believes his side must keep Cesc Fabregas quiet in order to win the Champions League game.
The Arsenal captain, who came through the Barcelona youth academy, will want revenge for last year’s elimination to the Catalan giants.
Fabregas has been the subject of of transfer speculation between the two clubs and Villa hopes his fellow Spaniard will come to the Nou Camp.
But Villa admits if Barcelona want to repeat last year’s success then stopping the Arsenal playmaker and his teammates is essential.
“Cesc Fabregas is a worldwide star,” Villa said. “I am a lover of his game and I sincerely have belief in his presence at our club.
“Cesc is a player able to succeed at any club in the world. I understand Arsenal’s position but it would be sensational if he is with us for the next campaign.
“We need to stop Cesc. At this moment he is thinking only about Arsenal and is looking to defeat us. He is a super professional.”
“Cesc is not the only key for the Gunners. [Robin] Van Persie has rediscovered his level in attack and our defenders must be very focused,” he added.
”The key to this match will be containing Arsenal’s attack and profiting from our own chances to score goals. We need to score to increase our options for the second match.
“This tie will not be easy. Today Barcelona and Arsenal play the best game in Europe because it will be beautiful for the spectator.
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