Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Wenger Plays Down Talk of an Arsenal Rift

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Wenger Plays Down Talk of an Arsenal Rift

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ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger dismissed suggestions of a rift in the camp as the Gunners cruised past Leeds to book an FA Cup fourth-round tie at home to Huddersfield.

According to reports of a TV interview in Brazil, Denilson had said that skipper Cesc Fabregas is not "a born leader", but Wenger questioned that translation and said his captain was "an outstanding leader".

Speaking after Arsenal's 3-1 win at Elland Road, Wenger said: "That once again is coming back from Brazil and is not at all the spirit of the comment that was made.

"Either you have bad translators in England or good translators with a bad spirit.

"They (Denilson and Fabregas) are two very good friends and have a lot of respect for each other.

"Cesc Fabregas is our captain and Robin van Persie our vice-captain.

We have many leaders in our team and we are very happy with our captain.

"We have a shared leadership in our team, but I believe Fabregas is an outstanding leader, especially when you consider he's 23 years old, with personality and character and Van Persie as well. …

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