By Richard Clarke

Despite setting up all three goals in his two comeback games, Cesc Fabregas feels he is some way short of top form.

The Spaniard ended three-and-a-half months on the sidelines last weekend when he returned against Manchester City.

The 21-year-old set up both goals for Emmanuel Adebayor that day and then supplied the ball for the Togolese striker’s exquisite equaliser at Villarreal on Tuesday.

Afterwards Fabregas suggested he was not at his best and added that his long lay-off may actually help him finish stronger than his peers at other clubs.

"I don't feel 100 per cent yet,” admitted the Arsenal captain. “This was only my second game. I played 90 minutes on Saturday I played 80 minutes on Tuesday.

“That is not easy after over three months out. I feel I need three more games to be at my best.

“But definitely when you are like that you can finish the season better than the players who have played the whole time."

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9 Apr 2009