By Richard Clarke

Cesc Fabregas is many things to Arsenal. But this season, for the first time, he is top-scorer.

At the moment the 22-year-old midfielder is averaging one goal every two games and, if he hits the net three times more the Spaniard will have equalled his combined tally for past three campaigns.

Before the weekend trip to Birmingham, Arsène Wenger tried to explain his upturn in scoring form.

“I believe he is more relaxed,” said his manager. “There is less tension in his finishing. You feel that before he wanted to force the chance and now he is more relaxed.

“Also he has gained more physical power. You can see he resists much more the runs of his opponents and he is more powerful in his runs. These two ingredients make a big difference.

“Also I believe the change in formation has had an impact as well. He has more freedom to join in now."

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29 Mar 2010