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1 Fabregas calls for caution on Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:34 am

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has warned his team-mates of complacency after they climbed back into fourth place.

Aston Villa's recent dip in form has allowed the Gunners to leapfrog the Midlanders into the UEFA Champions League positions for the first time since December.

But Arsene Wenger's side are only above Villa on goal difference, and Fabregas, who is nearing a return from a long-term knee injury, has urged Arsenal to retain their focus for the run-in.

"In recent games everyone's attitude has changed, the players' and the fans', and you can see that reflected on the pitch," the 21-year-old said.

"All of the frustration is now turning into enthusiasm for the season - we are also in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and are fourth in the league with nine games to go and a lot of points to win.

"It is good that we are fighting on three fronts and that we are getting our football back on to the top level.

"Now we need to keep it going and improve - a great team is one that always tries to get better and better. We are on the way, and we can't lose that."

He continued: "We are back in fourth place now and need to take care of what we have. We must realise that now we have got it back, we can't lose it again easily.

"We know how hard we have been working for it, and now it would be a big mistake to ease off."

Meanwhile, Wenger has confirmed Fabregas joined in with the rest of the squad in full training on Thursday.

"Fabregas and Eduardo have come back into full training today, but I think they will be short for Saturday," Wenger told the club's official website.

"It is the first time back for Cesc. He is physically fit, but he needs a few training sessions, so it will be after the international break for him."

Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is expected to be available on Saturday following an ankle problem, while defender Mikael Silvestre could also come into contention following some 10 weeks out with a calf problem.

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