Mum's the word for Wenger in who's best debate...
The pair have actually played together before though and the Gunners captain’s mother has revealed to Arsene Wenger how the pair flourished in Barca’s free-scoring youth team, which also included Gerard Pique.
“What is interesting is that they played together in the youth team," Wenger told Arsenal.com.
“When I spoke with [Cesc] Fabregas’ mother when she brought him here at the age of 16, she said always when they came home they won by six, seven, eight, or nine because always they had in the same team, [Gerard] Pique, [Lionel] Messi, [Cesc] Fabregas. You are not surprised."
The English and Spanish giants will of course meet in the mouth-watering Champions League quarter-final at the end of the month, but the Frenchman doesn’t expect Fabregas’ fondness for his former club to have any effect on his game.
"There will certainly be some emotion there," Wenger added.
"But Fabregas is a winner, he wants first to qualify. I believe Cesc goes into every single game to win it - if it was Barcelona or someone else, he will just want to qualify."
The gunners' boss refuses to be drawn into the debate over who's best, the Spaniard or the Argentinean, simply saying: "I think they are completely different players.”
Fabregas is expected to return from injury for Arsenal’s home game against West Ham United this weekend. A victory would see them go top of the Premier League.
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