Cesc Fabregas has plenty of reasons to make a speedy recovery - including the prospect of an FA Cup Final at Wembley.
The Spanish midfielder was ruled out for up to four months after suffering medial knee ligament damage during the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on December 21. That means Fabregas should be fit when the FA Cup reaches the Semi-Final stage in mid-April.
Arsenal have plenty to do to get that far of course. They must win three more ties - starting with Cardiff City later this month - but Fabregas hopes to be back to help Arsène Wenger's side finish the job and reach their first Final since English football's showpiece returned to its spiritual home.
"The FA Cup is a very prestigious tournament, one that everybody here wants to win, and that’s what we will be trying to do," said Fabregas in his Plymouth programme notes.
"As far as I’m concerned we’re always giving everything in this competition for ourselves, for the fans and the Club. Maybe we left it a little bit last year, because we were in the Semi-Finals of the Carling Cup as well as everything else so we had a lot of options, but we are fighting strongly on other fronts this time around too and I’m sure we won’t have the same outcome.
"The FA Cup is the first and only trophy that I have won here so far, so I really hope that when I come back we can be ready to play in a Semi Final, and then walking out at Wembley on May 30. But we will have to work hard and not take anything for granted if we want to get there."
This interview first appeared in the Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.Copyright 2013 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 6 Jan 2009