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Cesc Fabregas has signed up as a columnist for the Sun and this morning’s paper is full of the Spanish genius’s thoughts. In his first interview for the redtop in the new deal he talks about chatting to old red nose and his views about the game tomorrow against United.
When United won the Premier League with a 0-0 draw against us at Old Trafford Cesc says he looked for Fergie to congratulate him. He said: “I don’t know Sir Alex very well and normally I just say ‘hi’ whenever I see him. But the last time we spoke was last season when they won the league against us. I went up to him afterwards and said ‘Congratulations, well done, you deserved it.’ He said ‘Thank you very much.’
“It was not so tough. I always want to win and I hate to lose but sometimes you just have to say that another team is better than you. Now it would be nice if this weekend he was saying the same to me because that would mean we have won the game – we have beaten Manchester United.”
Fabregas also explains how as a 17-year-old he witnessed the Arsenal-United ‘hostilities’ first hand in September 2003 when Patrick Vieira was sent off and Ruud van Nistelrooy missed an injury-time penalty that would have won it for United.
The paper reminds us that seven players were booked and the feuding and fighting was so bad the FA brought charges against Arsenal and six of their stars – Vieira, Martin Keown, Ashley Cole, Lauren, Ray Parlour and Jens Lehmann – with United’s Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo also in the dock. Fabregas can laugh about it now but admits he was scared to death at the time.
Fab explained: “I had only been in London for a few weeks after signing for Arsenal when it was a match against Manchester United. It was incredible. In Spain I was used to a totally different style of football so I was surprised and amazed by what happened. I had never seen anything like that before – but I have to say it was very exciting. And from that moment on I knew that it was always going to be a massive game against them.”
And then there was the so-called Pizzagate clash. Fabregas said: “Yes I remember it, I was on the bench. It was hard because United ended Arsenal’s long, unbeaten record (49 games). So you see I knew very quickly that it’s always a tough game, a competitive game and nothing has changed since.”
Looking to tomorrow, Fab said of  Wayne Rooney: “I rate him really highly. He has been outstanding this season. I admire him as well because he started his career so young and has succeeded at a difficult club like Manchester United and with England. That’s not easy. They needed him, especially with the absence of Ronaldo and Tevez. But he has stepped up and now he is their best player. It’s Rooney who is filling the void, Rooney who is making the difference.”
In the same paper, Fergie has asked Manchester United fans to stop their vile abuse of AW. He said: “There’s been some terrible abuse from our fans to Arsene Wenger and there must be a line drawn. We have a team to support – we don’t need to worry about anyone else.”
And Fergie believes tomorrow’s clash is the big one now that Wenger’s side – unbeaten in 10 – are back in the title race. He said: “Looking at the way the league is shaping up, this game with Arsenal is the biggest game of the season. These games with Arsenal are historic. Since I came down here, it’s been Arsenal and United competing for most of the trophies.”
Elsewhere, long-ball bore Martin O’Neill has had a massive dig at AW following on from the 0-0 draw at Villa Park.
He droned in the Mail: ‘Arsene has an opinion on anything and everything,’ he said, ‘There’s not a subject in this world, political, religious or otherwise, that he doesn’t have an opinion on.
‘I don’t mind that. But if I totally and utterly disagree with his opinion, then I should have the right to say so. And I disagree with him about this. It has caused amusement in our camp. James Milner, Ashley Young and Stewart Downing being labelled long-ball merchants, it has caused merriment.
‘It’s interesting that in the last 20 minutes of the game he (Wenger) brought on a 6ft 3in tall centre forward (Nicklas Bendtner) and hit him about six times with long balls from players like (Gael) Clichy.
‘It’s a nonsense. Just the very point that he makes that nobody plays football in the manner like Arsenal. If he believes that, good luck to him, but I’d suggest he wants to go and take a wee look at Barcelona. We could all learn from that. I think anyone worth their salt in the game would want to aspire to playing like Barcelona.’
The whining twot goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and one…and on, read more with the link ‘cos it’s boring me already.
For an altogether more interesting read headlined ‘Stan Kroenke empire expands to embrace Arsenal’ head for teh Telegraph.
In the Mirror this morning, we learn that AW has made a fresh offer for Marouane Chamakh in a bid to snap up the Bordeaux striker on a pre-contract.
The paper claims that AW has gone back for Chamakh with a £50,000-a-week plus offer to fend off interest from Liverpool and is hoping to announce they have reached agreement for next season before the transfer window shuts. Chamakh, 26, is out of contract and a free agent this summer and has already had a £50,000-a-week offer from Liverpool who believed they had struck a deal for the Moroccan centre forward.
But AW remains confident that Chamakh wants to join Arsenal and if he can announce they have agree a pre-contract before the transfer deadline closes on Monday then it would help appease fans and shareholders.

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