Cesc Fabregas is relishing the chance to show Arsenal are more than a match for the best team in the world in tonight's Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona.
The 22-year-old is a major doubt for the first leg of the tie against his boyhood club at the Emirates.
But boss Arsene Wenger will give his skipper every chance to recover from a heavy bruising to his leg and knee, and Fabregas is desperate to be fit enough to play.
"I've never disguised my affection for Barcelona. It's where I was brought up and where I learned so many beautiful things about football," he said in an interview with The Sun.
"But Arsenal have the same principles and this is our chance to show the world that we can stand shoulder to shoulder with Barcelona and emerge triumphant. You can't imagine how much I want to be part of that."
The Spaniard added: "Individually you want to prove yourself against the biggest players in the world. And that's Barcelona - they are a team packed full of some of the best players in the world.
"So you want to show you can play against them - there's nothing better. To be honest this is the most exciting time of my career and now I want to make it brilliant.
"Yes, Barcelona are the best team in the world so if you can avoid them until the final then it is definitely much better.
"But we are not scared of anyone."Reuse content