Wenger denies Fabregas outburst

Arsenal boss claims captain did not speak to Mason at half-time

Fabregas: Has sparked a row

Fabregas: Has sparked a row

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied that captain Cesc Fabregas verbally abused the match officials at half-time in Tuesday's victory over Everton.

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"I was next to Cesc Fabregas at half-time. I don't see why you can be furious with him."

Arsene Wenger

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David Moyes, Everton's manager, has claimed that Spain international Fabregas should have been sent off for using 'disgusting' language towards referee Lee Mason in the Emirates Stadium tunnel.

The alleged incident took place in the fallout of Louis Saha's controversial first-half opener against Arsenal, who eventually hit back to win through Andrey Arshavin and Laurent Koscielny in the second half.

Fabregas and his team-mates were left seething after Mason and assistant Stephen Child allowed Saha's goal to stand, despite an apparent offside position, but Wenger has denied that his skipper behaved inappropriately at the interval.

When informed that Moyes was less than happy, Wenger told Sky Sports in his post-match interview: "I was next to Cesc Fabregas at half-time. I don't see why you can be furious with him.

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"I talked to the referee and I was in a polite and kind way. You can ask the referee."

Wenger added: "He didn't speak to the referee, Cesc Fabregas, at half-time. I spoke to the referee at half-time.

"If you have the film of a camera, you can check. I spoke to the referee."

Wenger insisted that Saha's goal should not have stood, but he was pleased with the character that his side displayed in maintaining their pursuit of Manchester United in the Premier League title race.

The Arsenal boss said: "It was a big win for us, down to spirited attitude and performance. Overall we have shown a great desire again tonight."