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Last Updated: Friday, 17 September, 2004, 06:59 GMT 07:59 UK
Fabregas commits to Arsenal
Cesc Fabregas
Spanish teenager Francesc Fabregas has pledged his future to Arsenal by signing a new, long-term contract.

The 17-year-old midfielder has established himself as one of the Gunners' hottest young prospects.

"I'm delighted to be pledging my long-term future to Arsenal," he told the club's website.

"My first year here has been like a dream - I never thought I would have the opportunity to play in the first team so early on."

He added: "But I've worked hard and will continue to do so, learning from the best players around - I'm very excited about my future here."

Fabregas joined Arsenal from Barcelona in September 2003.

He made history by becoming the youngest player to turn out for Arsenal when he featured in the Carling Cup match against Rotherham United at 16 years and 177 days last October.

The Spaniard then became the club's youngest scorer in his next appearance against Wolves in the same competition.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "Cesc has shown great maturity since he joined and has adapted well to the pace of the English game.

"He is a playmaker, someone with real vision and he has all the ingredients to be a big player for us.

"We have a young team with good experience and Cesc is very much a part of the future of the club."

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