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Nov, 10, 2006

Fabregas slates the 'anti-football' of Premiership rivals

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has slated the Gunners Premiership rivals for playing 'anti-football'.

He said: 'Teams just defend, defend and defend, they try to waste time.

'I call it 'anti-football' - but we have to accept this happens and break teams down.

'From my experiences in the Premier League, I would have to say that I could never play like that because I am only really happy if we are winning games and playing good football, not being so happy to draw and play in such a negative way with 10 defenders.'

Despite the frustrations of what he sees as other teams' negativity, and their failure to counter Arsenal's fast-flowing football with anything except classic English tenacity, the Spanish international has stated how content he is with the North London club.

'I love the people here, all of the players and all of the staff.

'We play fantastic football under Arsene Wenger, football which I really think suits me.

'I really enjoy every game and training sessions because of the way we play.

'Everything I want is here and I feel important at Arsenal.

'I have renewed my contract for eight years and I have the longest contract in Premiership history.'

But his comments are unlikely to find favour with rival players and fans, who can point to the fact that Arsenal are languishing ten points off the top of the league as evidence that playing the beautiful game successfully can involve more than making it look attractive.

Arsenal manager Wenger today cancelled what would have been his first press conference since Sunday's touchline bust-up with West Ham's Alan Pardew.

He decided to extend his self-imposed media ban until after Arsenal's match against Liverpool on Sunday.

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