Fabregas is loving life at Arsenal and you can see the joy of Cesc

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There is one player who stands head and shoulders above the rest as Player of the Year so far.

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is unquestionably enjoying the best season of his career, scoring goals, destroying opponents and revelling in a new formation.

His interview on MirrorFootball this week was fascinating. How he'd learnt from last season's frustrations when he was out injured for nearly four months.

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Fabregas admitted he was down, couldn't bear to go out and you could see his anger in that horrible hoodie incident with Hull.

But this season Fabregas says he has learnt how to laugh, recover better after defeats and has also developed as a player, got stronger and clearly has more confidence when he plays for Spain. He no longer just warms the bench.

Fabregas also spelt out his commitment to Arsenal, even if we all think that one day he will leave the Premier League and go back to his homeland.

He's been here since he was 16 and no-one can blame him for that. But spelling out his love of the club he says he feels "grateful, wanted, comfortable and important at Arsenal."

That, more than anything, is why he has excelled this season. He has taken on the captain's armband and enjoyed the extra responsibility on his shoulders.

It's given him an extra 10 per cent and he leads by example. In Abou Diaby and Alex Song, he has great midfield partners. They're the best three. Diaby is enjoying his best season yet and Song is growing with every game.

Last season, I admit, from fairly early on, I thought Fabregas might leave in the summer. Thankfully, I didn't write it and I was happy to be proved wrong because Fabregas is great for Arsenal and, in a wider picture, for the Premier League.

One of the coaches who has worked with him reckons what is really special about Cesc is his vision and ability to pass through the eye of a needle. This season he's added his attacking game and goals.

No wonder then that the Spanish clubs will be circling. But what makes me laugh is their incredible arrogant attitude.

You get that with the journalists, too. They think when Real Madrid or Barcelona come calling, that's it. Everyone ups and leaves.

Fabregas hasn't, despite strong interest. Arsenal have batted it away successfully and dealt with it with great dignity and determination.

Earlier this season, after another flurry of stories appeared, Arsenal's chief executive Ivan Gazidis wrote to Barcelona, asking them about these continual rumours and to insist that Fabregas was going nowhere.

Back came the reply that it was the Spanish press' fault. Wasn't the club at all, apparently. In Spain, it is more open.

Clubs brief their favoured journalists and papers more. Here, we have to work much harder at it, often going to agents rather than clubs. If there's a story to be had, we'll chase it ,whereas in Spain the clubs like to get it out there.

I suppose you could call it tantamount to tapping up. Let's not kid ourselves, we'd like those briefings too. After all, don't you want to know who your club will sign?

But when you see certain stories appear in certain Spanish newspapers, you know and the English clubs know that there is some muck-raking going on.

Arsenal fans continually say it's the papers' fault for peddling it. But funnily enough, they repeat it on their websites, on twitter and on message boards.

The other morning, I saw on twitter an agent I'd never heard of talking about a player I'd never heard of, talking about Arsenal's interest in signing his client. The boot is on the other foot and yet Arsenal fans didn't censor that.

It's clever and no doubt there will be some more this season, especially if Fabregas has a good World Cup.

But Arsenal won't give up on trying to keep Fabregas and to those that think him going to Spain is a done deal this summer, let me ask this: Didn't you say that last year? And the year before, the year before that and the year before that?

I still think Arsenal will fall just short in the title race. But with Fabregas in such rich form, anything is possible.

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