By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has seen plenty of football in his time - but he hasn't seen much better than Cesc Fabregas' cameo on Sunday.
The Arsenal captain came off the bench after 56 minutes and inspired his team to a 3-0 win over Aston Villa. He curled home an exquisite free-kick to break the deadlock and then finished off a clinical counter-attack before limping off seven minutes from time with a recurrence of his hamstring injury.
Fabregas was only on the pitch for 27 minutes but was still a shoo-in for the man of the match award. Wenger believes his captain was fired up after watching the majority of the game from the sidelines.
"I have not seen many performances like that, no," admitted the manager.
"I believe Cesc got up for it from the outside. He saw that we did dominate the game but we couldn't score. You feel he was super-focused when he came on.
"I didn't say anything to him, I just told him to warm up straight after half-time because I knew we needed a long warm-up. I had in my mind already after the first-half that I might be in a position where I have to play him."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 29 Dec 2009