By Chris Harris in Glasgow
If you're looking for good omens this season, look no further than this: Cesc Fabregas is scoring goals again.
The Arsenal captain managed three last term - a campaign which was admittedly cut short by a serious knee injury - but he is already two thirds of the way to matching that after bagging a brace against Everton on Saturday.
Fabregas' double - a cool finish after a gut-busting run into the box and a low shot from long range - was reminiscent of his prolific form at the start of the 2007/08 campaign. The Spanish midfielder scored 11 in his first 16 games that year and Arsenal went on to challenge strongly for the title.
Fabregas faces a fitness test before taking his place in the team to face Celtic in the Champions League tonight but Arsène Wenger believes that his captain can make a solid contribution from midfield - especially when Arsenal's formation gives him license to roam.
"I do not want to put too much pressure on him but he can score goals," said the manager.
"He has improved his finishing, his power in finishing as well and he was always in interesting situations offensively but he could not always finish but he is now at an age where he can.
"He scored goals as a young boy so I can’t see why it won’t come back. It usually comes back at around 22, 23 years of age.
"He has more [license to get forward] but it depends as well on the structure of our team," added Wenger.
"Sometimes when Abou Diaby plays Cesc is more defensive because Diaby is more an offensive support. So it depends, we adapt always and we try to find the right balance to the team."Copyright 2017 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