Cesc Fabregas has paid tribute to the Arsenal fans after their "wonderful" support this season.

The captain has missed the last three games with a thigh injury and he will not recover in time to face Fulham on the final weekend of the Premier League. However Fabregas was at Emirates Stadium on Sunday to take part in the players' 'lap of appreciation' to supporters following the 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa.

Speaking to the Official Matchday Programme, the World Cup winner praised the supporters for their dedication.

"I want to thank the fans, whether they follow us at home, away or both," said Fabregas.

"Away from home, we often feel as if we are playing in our own stadium; so many people travel all over Europe with us despite having families, jobs and other commitments, and their dedication is remarkable. What they do is wonderful and we appreciate it a lot.

"Our home fans have constantly amazed me too – I think of the sensational atmosphere they created against Chelsea, and then against Barcelona. The match against Everton also stays in my mind – we were 1-0 down but they pushed us so hard to help us turn it into a win."

Arsenal's fans have not had a major trophy to celebrate since 2005 when Manchester United were beaten in the FA Cup Final but Fabregas has pledged to put that right next season.

"We understand how much the fans have suffered through our not winning trophies for a few years, but we will make sure this changes," he said.

This interview first appeared in the Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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16 May 2011