Fabregas had brutal reason for chucking pizza at Sir Alex Ferguson after loss

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Cesc Fabregas admits that there was a pretty brutal reason he chucked pizza at Sir Alex Fergunson after Arsenal's 2-0 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2004.

Fabregas, who has enjoyed a stellar career with the Gunners, Barcelona and Chelsea, has turned 35, almost 20 years on from when he made his debut at Highbury in a side boasting talents such as Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry. The Spaniard joined the Gunners as a teenager, where he spent eight seasons before leaving for Barcelona in 2011.

Fabregas went on to become one of Arsenal's finest talents of the Premier League era. But there was one incident where he'll be the first to admit he didn't cover himself in glory.

Having been an unused substitute by manager Arsene Wenger for the defeat at United 18 years ago, Fabregas did still manage to play some part off the pitch.

Following the Gunners' defeat, Fabregas, then 17, was involved in an altercation in the tunnel after the game with the likes of Rio Ferdinand. "It was a really big, big game at Old Trafford," Fabregas said. "All the top players were fit, Thierry, Ashley Cole, everyone was fit so I was on the bench.

"Man United were a top side at the time. I only made it to the warm up, I was about to come on but then I didn't and how it happened, how [Wayne] Rooney dived, because he did dive, the way it happened, we felt a little bit cheated, we didn't deserve to lose that game.

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"We were upset about it, there was a little bit of a fight, when I came to [Arsenal] I was only 17, I was very skinny, very little. And Old Trafford is a tunnel, is more than this, so you have 30 players, in a dressing room, it [becomes] a bit tight, and there was a little bit of pushing around and small fight.

"Because I didn't play, I was one of the first players to go into the tunnel, and I just saw a pizza, I was hungry. I just took a slice, and I was eating one bite or something, and I started hearing shouting."

This is where things really start to get interesting. Clearly not backing himself to get involved physically, the technician tried to play his role from afar, but it attempted assist could not have found a worse person.

"I went out and I saw Rio Ferdinand, big boys, Thierry, Sol Campbell getting into a fight," he added. "And when you're young, I just didn't know what to do because I was small and skinny, and to be honest, I didn't aim it at anyone.

"But Man United were more in that side, and we were more here so I just [lobbed] it, because there was nothing else I could do, to be honest. It was full of big guys, having an argument and I found out later that it touched [Sir Alex] Fergunson and I said 'I'm really sorry about this,' I apologised publicly, it wasn't intentional, it was a moment that just happened.

"I was young and I probably wouldn't use a pizza anymore, probably I would just get in there, straight away."

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