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Oct 14, 2010

Fabregas: Arsenal lack a winning mentality

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas maintains that his side lack a ''winning mentality'' but admits he is happy to remain at the club for the time being after failing to seal a move to Barcelona.

• David Young questions Arsenal's winning mentality

Fabregas was close to joining Barca - having admitted his desire to transfer to his boyhood club in the summer - but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger refused to sell his star player. Barcelona bid €40 million for Fabregas' services and the Spanish midfielder has reiterated that it would be a dream to play at the Nou Camp.

''I maintain that I was right because (to play for Barcelona) is a dream I've had since childhood,'' he told radio station Cadena Cope.

However, Fabregas also reasserted his loyalty to the Gunners and, in particular, to the man who gave him his chance to shine as a youngster.

''The truth is that the coach (Wenger) is like a second father to me,'' said Fabregas. ''I told him what I thought. There were difficult moments. In the end, when I spoke to Wenger he told me no - he was very emphatic, that the transfer was impossible.

''I'm satisfied for all parties. It wasn't to be and that's that, though in my head I keep thinking it could have been a good opportunity. But here (at Arsenal) I have everything. I'm still happy. I'm very comfortable here, I like the club, lead the team, play football. We just need to start winning titles because we have a wealth of quality. A winning mentality is missing.''

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