Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fabregas Playing It Cool as Scoring Run Continues

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fabregas Playing It Cool as Scoring Run Continues

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Byline: James Olley

CESC FABREGAS today claimed Arsenal have put the controversy surrounding William Gallas's captaincy firmly behind them and revealed how his team-mates have helped him make the armband his own.

It was during this international break last year that Gallas launched a scathing attack on his fellow Gunners, prompting manager Arsene Wenger to make Fabregas his new skipper at the tender age of 21 years old.

Gallas claimed there were players at the club who were "not brave enough" and that he had to step in to break up arguments in the dressing room on matchdays.

But Saturday's 4-1 victory at Wolves extended Arsenal's unbeaten run to 13 matches in all competitions and as they close in on Premier League leaders Chelsea, Fabregas insists the camp is in high spirits.

"The issue with William is gone for us," said the Spaniard. "We don't think about it any more and are happy with the way things are going at the moment. The dressing room has always been really together and kept believing.

"Even if we didn't win anything last year, we were really close and in all the competitions right until the end. So the mood in the dressing room is always really positive.

"The captaincy hasn't changed me at all. My team-mates have done a great job for me as well, to be honest. They showed me they believe and help me with everything. There has never been any trouble so I am very happy with how things are going."

Wenger will now not see the majority of his squad again until 19 November -- just two days before visiting Sunderland -- and the 60-year-old admits this month has historically proved a difficult one to negotiate.

"In November, you have decisive games in the Champions League and the players go on international duty and that is the first period where injuries kick in," he said. …

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