The Gunners captain scored twice and set up goals for Andrey Arshavin and Carlos Vela as WengerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s side began their quest for a first Champions League title in style.
“He has taken on another dimension,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Wenger after the match. Ã¢â‚¬Å“People forget that he is 23 years old, [an age] where other people start. He is a fantastic influence and it is important that he leads this team to winning and I believe it is a fantastic opportunity for the young players who play alongside him to improve as well.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“If you are 18 years old like [Jack] Wilshere and you see FÃƒÂ bregas who is 23, it is a big opportunity to learn a lot.Ã¢â‚¬Â
FÃƒÂ bregas opened the scoring from the spot after Marouane Chamakh was brought down before the Spaniard slid Arshavin in to poke home after 30 minutes. Chamakh then added a delightful third after being found by Wilshere’s flick and FÃƒÂ bregas rose well to head in Arshavin’s floated cross soon after the break.
Vela, a second-half substitute, then added two strikes of his own to complete the rout, the Mexican striker fed by Arshavin and FÃƒÂ bregas.
For ArsenalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sixth goal of the evening, FÃƒÂ bregas, who was chasing a hat-trick, selflessly opted to play in Vela on the edge of the box rather than try and add to his own tally Ã¢â‚¬â€œ an action which Wenger believes aptly summarises his sideÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s footballing philosophy.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I like that he gave the ball to Vela instead of trying alone,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Wenger. Ã¢â‚¬Å“That reflects the way we want to play the game and it reflects the real attitude of a leader. He does what the game wants and is not selfish.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Frenchman also praised the quality of his sideÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s performance despite some notable absentees including Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie. “It’s fantastic because it shows we have a style at the Club that everybody knows and no matter who comes in the football is played the same way,Ã¢â‚¬Â he added.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have always said that we have a big squad where everybody can play a part and that shows when you look at who was out tonight. Some quality players were sitting behind me.”
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