Arsenals Catalan captain, Cesc Fabregas has revealed just how much he is looking forward to making his first ever appearance at the Nou Camp.
The former Barcelona youngster left for Arsenal at 16, and was injured last year when Arsenal lost 4-1 in Barcelona.
Fabregas has recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the Carling Cup final and will return to skipper the Gunners against his hometown club.
23 year-old Fabregas never played in a competitive game on the ground when he was there as a youth player, but expects a cracking game tonight.
“I’ve never played in the Nou Camp before and this will be one of the most exciting nights of my career,” said Fabregas.
“To finally have the chance to take to the pitch at this mythical stadium is something I cannot fully describe.
“The feeling is enormous and incredibly exciting.”
Fabregas was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona last summer but didn’t make the switch, and insists his heart is with Arsenal.
“We have played so many games where we shown we have character, we have potential and that we are the present,” said the skipper, who was sidelined for the cup decider at Wembley.
“We want to win things for the club and this is obviously a fantastic exam for all of us a team and individually.”
The Spanish World Cup winning midfielder also talked about the boost of not having to play against close mates, Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol, who will miss tonight’s game.
He said: “I believe it is a big boost for Arsenal that two of my close friends – Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique – are not playing this evening as the former is injured while the latter is suspended.”
Arsenal take a 2-1 lead to the Nou Camp following second half goals from Robin Van Persie and Arshavin at the Emirates but Fabregas warned his team they have a long way to go.
He added, “We should not rest on our victory in the first leg. The job is not finished by a long way.
“In the first leg we proved once again we have guts and character. But it’s only the halfway stage. All that hard work and effort means nothing, absolutely nothing, if we don’t finish the job off.”