LONDON COLNEY, May 5 – Cesc Fabregas believes Manchester United's big-money superstars will be no match for Arsenal's cut-price talents in Tuesday's Champions League semi-final.While Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has fashioned a team capable of producing dazzling performances on a relative shoestring, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has spent over 120 million pounds assembling a squad strong enough to conquer Europe and England.
With the Club World Cup and League Cup already in the Old Trafford trophy cabinet and the Premier League likely to remain there, United have a chance to win a quadruple thanks to the likes of Wayne Rooney, a 28 million pounds signing, Rio Ferdinand, who cost 30 million pounds, and Dimitar Berbatov, another 30 million pounds capture.
Fabregas, whose side go into the Emirates Stadium clash against United hoping to overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit, acknowledges the likes of Rooney and Ronaldo have shown time and again that they are worthy of so many medals.
But the Arsenal captain refuses to accept they are superior talents just because they cost more money and he is confident Wenger’s team will underline the point by ending United’s reign as European champions.
"It doesn’t mean that because one player cost 20 million pounds, he is better than one that cost two million pounds, I don’t agree with that at all," Fabregas said.
"It’s been shown with the likes of Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires and Thierry Henry. They are the best players in the world and have World Cups and European Championships.
"Then there are some players who have cost 20 or 30 million pounds and they haven’t won anything. The price tag doesn’t mean anything.
"We know what we can do, we know we are good and we just have to be positive and believe we can do it."
Although United out-played a nervous-looking Arsenal in the first leg, Fabregas insists the narrow margin of their defeat has given the Gunners every chance of returning to the final for the first time since 2006.
"The score doesn’t affect anything. It’s 1-0, we are not talking about 4-0 here. In the Champions League, anything can happen," he said.
"At home we know we are very strong. We will have our fans behind us – they will be amazing, I am sure of that.
"We just have to play our game, be confident we can do it because I know we can do it. Lets focus on our game, be positive, and go for it."
Fabregas, who turned 22 on Monday, was in the Arsenal team beaten by Barcelona in that 2006 final in Paris and he desperately wants to make amends by lifting the trophy this season.
"That would be amazing. That’s what I am talking about and that’s what we want to achieve," he said. "We want to make history.
"It is true that we have been linked with a lot of disappointments and things which we could have done better.
"The start of the season was difficult. We had players we never expected to leave, but the team kept going.
"That shows the mental strength and character of the team because we are now playing in the semi-finals of the Champions League."
Fabregas started his career as a member of Barcelona’s youth academy before joining Arsenal at 16 and has constantly been linked with a move back to the Nou Camp.
But he is adamant his future remains in north London, regardless of Arsenal’s failure to win a trophy since 2005.
"How many times have I said this? My future belongs to Arsenal and I want to be at Arsenal. I see my future here," he said.
"I do not have to tell anyone to be relaxed or more confident that I am staying.
"My name has been linked with other clubs for four years, and I am still here. That should tell something."