By Richard Clarke
The Barcelona game is not important to Cesc Fabregas right now.
The Arsenal captain has been a hot topic since Friday's draw pitched Arsène Wenger's side against the Champions League holders in this season's Quarter-Final.
In fact Fabregas, Thierry Henry and the 2006 Final were all high on the agenda at the manager's press conference ahead of the West Ham game. But afterwards, having won the game and moved second in the Premier League, the Spaniard himself was not willing to make any form of mental leap forward.
"At the moment we have won nothing," he said. "In the League there are seven games and, in the Champions League, we have two games coming up.
"But we are not thinking about being champions right now. We are only thinking about Birmingham next Saturday. There is a lot of time to think about Barcelona too. Our first priority is Birmingham and that is the sign of champions, taking things game-by-game."
This approach has already lifted Arsenal from the doldrums this season. After losing to Chelsea on November 31 they were 11 points off the leaders, now they are fighting on two fronts for major honours. Fabregas was always confident.
"Why not?" he asked. "A lot of people said we would not make it. They thought we'd be in the position of Liverpool in terms of fighting for fourth spot. But, I was definitely not one of those people.
"I have always said if I don't believe I can win something, I wouldn't play football. I play football to win and enjoy.
"That is what I am doing here."