Fab key to Gunners' hopes - Wenger

18 January 2010 07:32
The Gunners captain was inspirational as he scored one and had a hand in the second for substitute Fran Merida in the 2-0 victory over Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday.[LNB]Having missed the last three matches with a hamstring injury, the Spain international showed just how valuable he is to Arsenal, who moved to within three points of Premier League leaders Chelsea - with Bolton again to come at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.[LNB]"It is important for us not to lose any more players, especially him. He is just coming back now," said Wenger.[LNB]"We survived okay when he was not there but, in the period coming up, when we have so many big games, it is important to have him.[LNB]"If you watched the game, it is difficult to say how much we have missed him but you don't need to explain to anyone that it is important."[LNB]Asked if Fabregas was the best midfielder currently playing in the Premier League, Wenger added: "I do not see all the games but what is very interesting for us is Cesc gets stronger and stronger and has more personality on the pitch, like the whole team.[LNB]"He grows. He will be 23 this year - he is just starting."[LNB]Bolton manager Owen Coyle, in his first match in charge since leaving Burnley, could only marvel at the talent of the Gunners' captain.[LNB]"The quality of Fabregas, with the first goal when he bounced a one-two off Eduardo, he could play for anyone in world football," said Coyle. "He is such a top player."[LNB]Coyle was, however, pleased with his side's display as they created enough chances to have earned something from the game.[LNB]"I thought the level of performance was terrific," he said.[LNB]"What we offered for the duration of the match would, on another day, result in points - whether it be one or three.[LNB]"We were always in the game, particularly second half, and they weren't half-chances, they were real gilt-edged chances.[LNB]"We created chances from the first minute of the match and, if you analyse that game, I think we were deserving of a better result.[LNB]"We never got that break you need against these elite clubs - the first goal hit Matt Taylor on the back of the head and a couple of boys have fallen over when the ball has come into the box."[LNB][LNB]

Source: Team_Talk