Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas says he will feel “like a footballer again” when he returns to the Gunners squad for tomorrow’s match against Manchester City.

Speaking exclusively in his notes for tomorrow’s Official Matchday Programme, the Spaniard stated that he feels fit and ready to figure against Mark Hughes’ side – in whatever capacity – having recovered from the knee injury sustained against Liverpool back in January.

“I feel good and I’m available for selection, although I don’t know what the extent of my involvement will be yet,” he revealed.

“During the past week I’ve felt really sharp - I don’t know if I can cope with 90 minutes in my first game because I haven’t played competitively yet, but whether I start or am on the bench the good thing is that we cannot say I am injured anymore. I’ll be very happy because I will feel like a footballer again.”

One thing is for sure – there will be little leeway for easing himself back into action. From now until the end of the season, every Arsenal game is weighted with significance, and Cesc is well aware of this as Mark Hughes’ talented side rolls into town.

“They are a very good side and I like the way they play,” he said. “On their day you can see that the likes of Robinho, Stephen Ireland, Craig Bellamy and Shaun Wright-Phillips are all fine players – and they have a very good manager as well. Hopefully we can get the three points – we have to remember what they did to us in beating us 3-0 a few months ago and try to continue our good form because we have to play eight finals from now on.”

For much more from Cesc – including thoughts on the recent wins over Hull and Newcastle, his admiration for Abou Diaby and the momentum surrounding the Spanish national side – make sure you purchase your matchday programme for £3 tomorrow.

It will be available from programme sellers outside Emirates Stadium, and can also be ordered from Programme Master – visit www.programmemaster.com or phone 08700 20 20 20.

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