By Nick Teale
Arsène Wenger has hailed Cesc Fabregas as a "complete midfielder" in the build-up to Sunday's Premier League match against Chelsea.
The Arsenal manager says the Gunners captain has improved his all-round game over the last two years, developing physically to become a different player.
The Spanish international has already scored nine goals in 17 games this season and recently said he felt "happier than ever" at Arsenal.
Wenger brought Fabregas into the Arsenal side at the age of 16 and is delighted with the way he has developed.
"First of all he is a winner," said the Frenchman. "He is a complete midfielder.
"He has become a complete midfielder because he can defend now, he has kept his vision and I believe he has added some physical power to his game.
"If you compare Fabregas two years ago and today, physically they are completely different.
"He has got that injection of power to his body and that makes him a different player."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 27 Nov 2009