By Chris Harris
Cesc Fabregas is back to his dazzling best, according to Bacary Sagna.
By his own admission the Arsenal captain was "below par" at Blackburn at the end of last month after a late start to pre-season following his exploits with Spain at the World Cup. But Fabregas was the driving force behind the weekend win over Bolton and sparkled against Braga on Wednesday night with two goals and a hand in two more as Arsenal cruised to a 6-0 victory.
Arsène Wenger hailed a superb team performance in his post-match press conference but admitted that Fabregas had "taken on a new dimension" to his game. And Sagna echoed his manager's thoughts when he faced reporters after the game.
"Cesc is a great player and everyone knows it," said Sagna.
"Tonight again he made some great passes and scored goals and it is good to have him back at his best level. He had a little problem to get completely fit because he played in the World Cup Final and that is normal. But everyone can see he is fit now and he is giving 100 per cent for the team.
"I am glad he stayed. Everyone here is glad to play for Arsenal and we try to show it on the pitch. We give everything and tonight it worked so that is good for us."
Of course Arsenal have made flying starts to other seasons but ended up with nothing when the prizes are handed out in May. Sagna believes that hard work and focus are the key to avoiding a similar fate this term.
"It is a good start and tonight's win is one of our best performances in the Champions League," said the right back. "If you look at the result we controlled the game from beginning to end and we scored some great goals. But now we have to keep going.
"With every victory we are getting more confident I think and now we just have to stay focused game after game. If we keep working hard then everything will be fine."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 16 Sep 2010