Emirates legend blames himself for Nou Camp defeat.
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has taken the blame for his side’s Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona.
The Gunners lost 3-1 at the Nou Camp after winning the first-leg at the Emirates 2-1, meaning for the second year running Barcelona knocked Arsenal out of Europe’s premier competition.
The 23-year-old says he was to blame for the La Liga champions first goal as it was his attempted backheel just outside the box that gifted possession to Barcelona.
But ‘El Capitan’ reveals he should not even of been on the pitch due to a hamstring injury he picked up during the game.
“The second leg at Camp Nou was one of the most important games of my career,” Fabregas told Don Balon.
“I was returning to Barcelona as Arsenal’s captain, with a favourable result from the first leg, playing against friends and with my family in the stands.
“We had high expectations ahead of the game, but it ended in disaster and I was the one to blame.
“I’m 70 per cent responsible for Arsenal’s Champions League exit.
“I picked up a knock after 14 minutes and my world just collapsed when I looked at the clock and saw that we were only a quarter-hour under way.
“I did already miss the Carling Cup final as I was rested and I didn’t have any problems ahead of the match against Barcelona,” he added.
“I picked up a hamstring problem though when I intercepted a pass from Adriano. I’ve had this injury before and I told myself not to give up.
“If I had left the pitch them, which I should have done, I’d have regretted it for the rest of my life. People would have thought that I didn’t want to play.
“I was really disappointed with myself. I really wanted to play and didn’t think about the team’s interests.
“I was selfish and ended up paying the price as I didn’t play well and we lost.”