INIESTA BACKS FABREGAS

Andreas Iniesta has backed Cesc Fabregas to become a major success at Barcelona. Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas both are graduates of Barcelona’s famed youth academy, La Masia, and have been playing together in Spain’s national team. Both of these players were involved in the crucial goal scored in the extra time of the 2010 FIFA World Cup final against Netherland, which proved enough for the Spanish team to become the world champions. Fabregas came off the bench to assist Iniesta for the only goal of the match, which was scored in the first half of the extra time against the Oranje at South Africa last summer.

Cesc Fabregas has been heavily linked with a move to back to his boyhood club, Barcelona, for the past three seasons. The Gunners’ skipper has also publicly spoken of his desire to join the Spanish Giants and a move looked imminent last year when Barca made two official transfer offers to Arsenal. However, Arsene Wenger, who signed Fabregas when he was 16, rejected both offers and persuaded the Spanish midfield prodigy to stay at the Emirates Stadium.

The 24-year-old is now once again being linked with Barcelona and it has been reported that Cesc Fabregas has agreed personal terms with the Spanish giants. Moreover, it has also been reported that the European Champions have offered 30 million Pounds plus want-away striker, Bojan Krkic, and highly rated midfielder, Thiago Alcantara, to Arsenal for Cesc Fabregas.

INIESTA HAPPY WITH HIMSELF

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has said that the comeback victory against Almeria was extremely impressive along with the way that he played in the match.

"We had to react very quickly as it started to become very difficult, and we kept pushing until we got the reward,'' he told reporters after the game.

"We kept on trying all the way to the end and we finally obtained the three points. It became very difficult after Corona scored but we eventually got the job done.''

MOYES COMPARES ARTETA TO INIESTA

Everton manager David Moyes has said that Mikel Arteta is the exact replica of Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta. Although Arteta has not had the best of seasons he put in a good performance against Sunderland on Saturday which saw them win 2-0.

Moyes had to fight off interest for his Spanish midfielder and he will hope that his faith is repaid and that the midfielder gets back to his best in the second half of the season.

INIESTA SPEAKS ABOUT ARSENAL MATCH

Andres Iniesta has said that Champions League with Arsenal will be tough. Andres Iniesta Catalans travel to Emirates Stadium for the first leg of their last-16 tie as strong favourites but the World Cup final goalscorer refuses to count his chickens before they hatch.

Barca ran out 6-3 aggregate victors in last season's quarter-final showdown with the Gunners but Iniesta is adamant things will be vastly different this time around.

"We are not a machine," he insisted. "It won't be easy. This isn't a walk along the promenade for us.

INIESTA SCORES

Andreas Iniesta made it three goals for Barcelona after scoring in the final minute against Santander. And that gulf is class was in evidence when Andres Iniesta fired Barcelona 3-0 up. David Villa dribbled into the area and waited for Pedros run to roll a ball across the face of the box. Pedro then produced an incredible back flick to waiting Iniesta, who rocketed in a shot that took a deflection as it shot past Toño in the Racing goal. Champagne football from Barca.

INIESTA NOMINATED FOR AWARDS

Andres Iniesta has been nominated for the Best Male Athlete award at Laureus. The Spanish football team, which last year won his first World Cup in South Africa, will compete for the award with the New Zealand rugby, the European team for the Ryder Cup of golf, the Inter Milan football, basketball Los Angeles Lakers and the Formula 1 team Red Bull.

INIESTA NOT LEAVING BARCA

Andres Iniesta has quelled rumours that he could leave Barca by saying that he wants to stay. Rumours around the football world were hinting big bucks City had identified the playmaker as their top transfer window purchase, and that Sheikh Mansour was willing to offer Carlos Tevez and a sizeable cash offering to prise Iniesta away from the Catalan club.

Although it would seem ludicrous to part with such an integral part of Barcelona’s extraordinary team, there were whispers the club would listen to offers because of their mounting debts.

INIESTA FAVOURITE

Andreas Iniesta is the favourite to win the Ballon d'Or award for this year. The prize is a golden trophy but all three said they would prefer football boots that light up.

Andreas Iniesta has come in for heavy support and after an initial quote of 5-4, which also doubles as his height, he's now 4-7 favourite with Victor Chandler, with Spain's Xavi 6-4 and Lionel Messi 8-1. Remember this is FIFA - my money's on Sepp Blatter.

AFELLAY DELIGHTED WITH INIESTA COMPARISON

Ibrahim Afellay says that he is delighted with the comparison with Andreas Iniesta. Ibrahim Afellay to Barcelona in January after the club's agreed one a fee for the player. The PSV contract rebel has confirmed that he will not be renewing his contract at the club when his current deal expires at the end of the season, and the Camp Nou giants look to seal a deal for a cut-price €3 million in the winter market.

INIESTA DELIGHTED AT FINAL GOAL

Barcelona star midfielder Andres Iniesta says that he has seen his goal in the World Cup final's over a thousand times. "I watch all my matches many times," the 26-year-old Barcelona playmaker told the Spanish daily El Pais.

"It helps me to improve. Also, they repeat it a lot. So whether I like it or not, I have seen the goal a thousand times," said Iniesta, favourite for the 2010 Golden Ball.

"But the sensation on the pitch is unrepeatable," he added. "Watching it is not the same as scoring it."

Iniesta swept Spain to a thrilling 1-0 World Cup victory over the Netherlands on July 11 with an unstoppable strike past the goalkeeper from inside the box four minutes from the end of extra-time.

"There is a goal in that final which is personal, very much mine. What bothers me is that I don't score that many goals and now none of the goals I score will be valued as much as that one."

Iniesta said he knew the ball was going in the moment he struck it.

"I know the defence won't get to it, that the goalkeeper won't get to it... I just have to wait for it to fall, for it to obey Newton's Law," he added. "This time the apple was the ball and Newton's head was my foot."

It was the first World Cup win for Spain, the winners of the 2008 European Championships.

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