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Cesc Fabregas still furious after Man Utd star Wayne Rooney’s ‘dive’ ended Arsenal’s unbeaten run

CESC FABREGAS admitted anger over Wayne Rooney's "dive" during Arsenal's famous 'Pizzagate' clash with Manchester United in 2004.

The Red Devils ended the Gunners' 49 game unbeaten run after their incredible Invincibles season and the Spaniard has lifted the lid on the fiery match.

In 2003/04, Arsenal’s team had remained unbeaten throughout the season and had played out a fiery, goalless draw at Old Trafford where Martin Keown famously goaded Ruud van Nistelrooy after his missed a penalty.

Tempers still flared when the old foes met again in Manchester in October 2004 with the Gunners aiming to make it 50 games unbeaten in the top flight.

It was another feisty affair with tackles flying in all over the pitch and referee Mike Riley struggled to keep the peace, awarding a very soft penalty to Rooney late on.

Fabregas had only just broken into the first-team squad at the time and was an unused substitute that day, but has revealed the whole team were seething after such a controversial defeat.

The Spaniard was speaking with Rio Ferdinand – who himself got away with a nasty challenge on Freddie Ljungberg – on FIVE’s new Locker Room YouTube series.

The former Old Trafford defender said: "Well I can’t finish this without asking what happened at Old Trafford.

"I remember we were scuffling in the changing rooms and in the tunnels and stuff, and obviously Pizzagate happened, how was it for you guys in your changing room?"

To which Fabregas responded: "We were so disappointed, we were angry, we were upset for the way it went.

"Don’t get me wrong, it had to come to an end the Invincibles, the 49 games, and it can happen. It was at Old Trafford, against a great team, against a great Manchester United team.

"But I think it’s the way it happened. First of all, Gary Neville, what he did to [Jose] Antonio Reyes, mamma Mia!"

At this point Ferdinand is in fits of laughter saying "Bang, Bang, Bang," and hitting his fist against the palm of his hand.

Cesc continued: "But every single time he had the ball. You know Wayne dived for the penalty against Sol [Campbell].

"So we felt emotional. The emotion was that we lost against a great team, which can happen, but we didn’t feel we should have lost.

"We didn’t think it was the right time to lose our Invincible run.

"So yeah that was the main thing to be honest. Everyone was really, really upset."

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