The Barcelona star has hailed the experienced French manager and stated that he hopes the Gunners can win silverware in 2012-13.
“Arsene Wenger is amazing and I’m sure he will prove it again this season,” the Spain international stated in an interview with The Sun.
“He always finds the best young talent in Europe and has the courage to bring them in and give them their chance.
“That is his special talent, the way he works with a player to build their confidence and encourage them to play, to perform at their best.
“That’s why I’m confident that Arsenal will again be up there challenging. I hope so. I watch them every weekend because Arsenal still mean so much to me.
“It was a privilege for me to spend eight years at such a magnificent club.
“But now is a new chapter at Barcelona and I said when I signed here that it was going to be the most exciting and difficult challenge of my life.
“I knew I was coming to compete for a place against the best players in the world. But I like big challenges.
“If I didn’t I would have stayed at Arsenal where I was the captain, where I played every game and where I was treated so well.
“I have a big heart, a strong character and I have the courage to carry on competing for my place,” he concluded.
Arsenal beat Southampton 6-1 at the weekend and take on Montpellier in the Champions League on Tuesday.
By Gareth McKnight