By Adam Clark

Arsenal's displays in the Emirates Cup have strengthened Cesc Fabregas' belief that the team can enjoy a successful season.

The Gunners lifted the trophy on Sunday after wins over Paris St. Germain and Inter Milan but according to the Spaniard it was the performances which most pleased him.

"You could see that even today," said Fabregas when asked if he thought the squad is now better than the one that finished fourth in the Premiership last season.

"Some of the Inter players were saying during the game, 'Don't make me run so much, you play so well'. If some players from Inter say that, it means something.

"We have a very young squad but we're not scared of anything and want to win things. Last year we had big injuries to big players and sometimes you can say it doesn't affect you. But of course it affects you. They are great players and you miss them. That is why you try to have a big squad and replace somebody when they are injured to make a strong team."
With the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester City spending record amounts this summer Arsenal could be in for their toughest battle yet to secure a Champions League place. Fabregas is unconcerned by the chasing pack but believes he and his fellow midfielders may need to appear more frequently on the scoresheet.

"After today, no [I'm not worried], because everybody played so good," he said. "The feeling was that we are all happy and that's what we want to feel after every game. Even if you take out the result we played so good and that is reflected on the faces of the players.

"Hopefully we can score more goals. Today Alex [Hleb] scored one. Often you have the chances but don't score. The most important thing from midfield is to create the goals, not score them. That is why we have Van Persie, Eduardo, whoever. Of course, if we join in that it would be good."

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30 Jul 2007