Cesc glad at Gunners' progress
Cesc Fabregas is delighted at his former club Arsenal's progress to the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
Last Updated: 25/08/11 5:19pm
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas is delighted at his former club Arsenal's progress to the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
The Gunners defeated Udinese 2-1 in Italy in the second leg of their play-off tie on Wednesday evening to go through 3-1 on aggregate.
Arsene Wenger's side were without two of their key players of recent years, Fabregas and Samir Nasri - who joined Manchester City - and endured a nervous 90 minutes in Udine.
Speaking ahead of European champions Barcelona's Uefa Super Cup encounter against last season's Europa League winners Porto on Friday, Fabregas admitted that he was struggling to hold his nerves as his former team defended a slender 1-0 lead from the first leg at the Stadio Friuli.
The 24-year-old also repeatedly used 'we' while referring to Arsenal and said: "I watched it and became a bit scared when they scored (the opening goal) and got the penalty.
"But I think after we saved the penalty the game became more comfortable for us and I think we played very well.
"I'm very happy for Arsenal and their fans because they deserve to be in the Champions League.
"It's a big boost for the club and the players, because it is a very difficult season and I am sure from they will get so much confidence they can move forward."
Highbury v Emirates
Fabregas also gave his opinion on the issue about the lack of atmosphere at Arsenal's Emirates stadium raised by Nasri.
"I think you should ask the proper fans who pay every year for season tickets," explained the Spain international.
"I have never felt at home as I was at Highbury at any other stadium in the world but it was not my decision, it was the club's decision, it was what they needed in that moment.
"Highbury was a special thing that I don't think will happen anymore, but we have to make... Arsenal have to make the Emirates their own home now and with their own cabinet of trophies to start all over again."