By Chris Harris
Cesc Fabregas has played in hundreds of games for club and country - but none as good as Wednesday night's Champions League classic.
The Arsenal captain was in the thick of the action as his team hit back from David Villa's first-half strike to beat Barcelona 2-1 with two late goals at Emirates Stadium. Robin van Persie fired in from a narrow angle to haul the Gunners level before Andrey Arshavin grabbed the winner after Fabregas' superb pass had picked out the run of Samir Nasri.
Fabregas and his team-mates celebrated at the final whistle and the 23-year-old was still buzzing when he spoke to reporters as he left the ground.
"It's a massive victory," he said.
"For me it's the best game I've experienced in terms of quality and intensity. They had the ball, they went for it. We had the ball, we went for it. For me, I've never experienced a game with so much quality on the pitch from both teams.
"It was the right result and it was definitely uplifting. We are in the Final of the Carling Cup, we have the FA Cup coming on Sunday and two games coming up before the second leg. I'm hoping this will be good for the team because since the New Year we haven't lost any games.
"Apart from the disappointment against Newcastle we've won everything. At the moment we're on a good run and we want to keep it going."
Fabregas and his team will head to the Nou Camp on March 8 for the decisive second leg of their last-16 tie. And the former Barcelona midfielder knows there is still plenty of work to do.
"The second leg will be very difficult and we have to perform very well," he said. "They will go out to win and we want to attack. You never know what can happen in this type of game. We will have to play
our hearts out.
"But we want to prove we can win a trophy like this one. There are 90 minutes to go and we're playing against a big team. If you want to beat them you have to give everything."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 17 Feb 2011