By Chris Harris

Robin van Persie wants Cesc Fabregas to stay at Arsenal and keep the "connection" they have built up at the Club.

Not for the first time the captain has been linked with a move back to Barcelona but Arsène Wenger is determined to retain the services of the midfielder he signed as a 16-year-old in 2003.

Fabregas has been Arsenal's focal point since Thierry Henry left Emirates Stadium four years ago and Van Persie has benefited more than most from his vision and range of passing.

"I think it will be hard [for me if he goes]," admitted Van Persie.

"If I speak about my situation, he is the first one I look at if he is playing or not. We have a connection together, he knows exactly when to pass, when to make his decisions. In his mind, he is quicker than most other players and that is very special.

"For example, against Blackpool away [last season], he gave me four or five unbelievable passes in the first 18 minutes. I missed them but he gave them to me.

"He is a special player, he can see things quicker than others. He will be a miss for any team, that’s why I hope that he stays and we can play a bit longer together."

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11 Jul 2011