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Monday 11 December 2017

Cesc urges Guns to step up in title fight

Injured Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has challenged his team-mates to seize the opportunity to keep their Premier League title challenge alive with victory at Hull tonight.

The Gunners head to the KC Stadium without their influential midfielder, who has been hampered by a hamstring problem and did not feature in the 5-0 midweek Champions League victory over Porto.

Since defeats to Manchester United and Chelsea, Arsene Wenger's men have put together a run of four straight league victories to haul themselves right back into the title race, and indeed could even go top should Chelsea fail to beat West Ham.

There is now little margin for further error over the final nine games of the campaign, with just two points separating the top three sides.

Fabregas said: "We never talked (about the title), we just kept going - but now even more it is the time to be doing our talking on the pitch because we have a great opportunity."

He insists there is no chance of him asking for rest to protect against further injury as the Gunners fight for glory at home and in Europe.

"I never (ask to be rested). I love playing football; I was feeling good (when the injury happened against Burnley). As long as you are feeling good you want to play," Fabregas said.

With 69 goals, Arsenal are the leading scorers in the Premier League ahead of this weekend's fixtures. However, 14 have come from Fabregas.

Striker Nicklas Bendtner wasted a string of chances against Burnley last weekend, but made amends by grabbing a hat-trick against Porto.

Wenger, however, is not concerned by who scores - just as long as Arsenal continue to find the net regularly.

"We have the best attack in the League - and our strikers have not scored as many goals," he said. "So for us it is important our team play is right, then anyone can score."

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