Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said yesterday that Cesc Fabregas has become the target of a witch hunt.
The Arsenal captain was at the center of a controversy in midweek when he was involved in an angry confrontation with match officials after Everton striker Louis Saha scored despite being in an offside position.
After the match, Everton manager David Moyes claimed Fabregas made unrepeatable comments to the officials.
Asked if he thought there was a witch hunt against the Spanish international, Wenger replied: “Yes.”
“We are long enough in the job to know that somebody picks on you for a while, and you are in the heat of the moment,” he said.
“But for me what is the most important is the player behaves well,” Wenger said. “When Cesc is on the pitch, he tries to play football — I cannot say everybody who plays against him tries to do that.”
“Overall this guy is an example on the football pitch and shows you how to play football,” he said. “People are more demanding, and Cesc has to live with that,” he said.
“It is not easy, but he is a very intelligent man and he will learn very quickly to cope with that,” Wenger said. “Cesc is 24 this year, he has played 250 games in the Premier League — at that age, it is absolutely remarkable ... This guy is a fantastic leader.”