Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas is set to stay at the Emirates for this season, according to his Spanish team-mate Andres Iniesta.

La Liga champions Barcelona have been linked with the tenacious central midfielder all summer but are now seemingly resigned to missing out on their top transfer target and will reignite their interest next year.

Barca ace Iniesta, who led his country to World Cup glory with the winning goal against Holland in the final, has spoken to Fabregas and admits his international team-mate wants one more campaign at the Emirates to have a final crack at winning the Premier League.

"Cesc [Fabregas] wants to be with us, but he told me how close the Arsenal fans are to his heart," Iniesta told reporters.

"He is a special player and I hope he wins the title at Arsenal this season. For them to win Cesc will have to stay fit and injury-free, but he deserves to finish with a title. For all the work and effort he has put in at Arsenal it would be a shame if it was all fruitless.

"I have seen time after time Lionel Messi win games for Barcelona when the rest of the team have not been on form and Cesc can do that for Arsenal this season."

The playmaker is one of several Barcelona stars to have made no secret of their desire to see Fabregas return to his boyhood club and has made it clear that he expects to be linking with the Arsenal captain next season.

Iniesta hopes Fabregas fulfills his ambition in England next May and finally gets his hands on the coveted Premier League title in what he seems certain will be the player's 'last season' in London.

"Arsenal are not as strong as Chelsea. But they try to play football the way it was intended to be played and that should be rewarded," he added.

"Cesc is such a special player that he could carry a team to the title on his own and I hope he does it this coming season.

"It would be brilliant if Arsenal's hero could lift the title as captain during his last season. I think that it would be fantastic for everybody."