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Cesc Fabregas once scored Arsenal penalty against Barcelona with a broken leg

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On this day in 2010, Cesc Fabregas suffered a broken fibula in the first leg of Arsenal 's Champions League quarter-final clash with Barcelona.

With Pep Guardiola's side 2-1 up, Fabregas was fouled in the penalty area by Carles Puyol and suffered the injury, having already picked up a knock on the same leg in Arsenal's last league game against Birmingham.

Despite the injury, the Gunners captain stepped up to take the spot kick and scored the equaliser, with the game ending 2-2.

The fracture ended Fabregas' season prematurely and Arsenal were knocked out of the competition thanks to a Lionel Messi masterclass in the second leg, with the Argentine superstar scoring all four of Barcelona's goals in a 4-1 win.

Speaking after the game, Fabregas said: "I am not good. I fear the worst, which it that I broke something but we will have to wait. I hope I will be able to wear the Arsenal shirt again this season.

"I took the penalty quite strongly and then went to get the ball and after that I couldn't walk any more. I don't know whether I did it then or when I was fouled for the penalty. I don't think it is going to be good news but I hope that it will be. It is the fibula.

"For 85 minutes it was not a gamble to play. I knew in my mind I was not 100 per cent and I knew in my mind there was something there. But until the penalty I was feeling quite good.

"It was a gamble worth taking, it was an amazing experience, an amazing game and I will remember it all my life. This was the best team I have faced in my life. The injury was bad but I think I would have done it anyway having been injured before."

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  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: "Cesc didn't give up. The whole team was mentally unbelievable. We kept going against a class opponent.

    "I don't know if it was right to gamble with Cesc. It's always difficult. He will not play against Wolves on Saturday and he is suspended for the second leg. You have to trust how the player feels. There was nothing wrong medically they told me. He had a test and said he was ready to play."

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