By Chris Harris
Cesc Fabregas will treat the Champions League clash with Barcelona like any other game, according to Arsène Wenger.
On Wednesday night the Arsenal captain comes face to face with the club he left in September 2003 when the Catalan giants arrive at Emirates Stadium for the first leg of their highly-anticipated last-16 tie.
Fabregas grew up at Barcelona before leaving the Nou Camp in search of first-team football at the age of 16. He could be forgiven for feeling a frisson of excitement at the prospect of this week's reunion but Wenger expects Fabregas to be focused on a familiar goal come kick-off.
"He will approach it as he approaches every game - with a huge desire to win," said Wenger.
"Cesc is an exceptional footballer but he is as well a winner and he wants to win in every single game. When he doesn’t achieve that he is always hugely frustrated so he will be even more in that frame of mind tomorrow.
"'What can I do to win, what can I do to help the team to win?' That’s how he will be."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source