Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas accused the match officials of Arsenal’s league fixture against Everton on Tuesday night of accepting bribes and accused an opponent of cheating, according to The Daily Mail.
Toffees manager David Moyes accused the Spaniard of disgusting language towards the referee and his assistants as they walked down the tunnel at half time but refused to reveal what was said. Recent reports suggest the 23-year-old shouted at the officials: “How much have you been paid?”
Fabregas admitted that he was upset about the controversial goal which gave Everton the lead at half-time but maintained that no major incidents occurred in the tunnel: “There has been much talk of me saying things to the officials all I can say is that I have respect for match officials.”
He continued: “Yes, I was upset at half-time. So too were about 60,000 Arsenal supporters in the stadium.
“Many things are said in the heat of the moment. Clearly the officials feel that nothing serious happened, as I understand the referee has not included anything in his match report.”
Fabianski out for season.
Arsenal will have to make do without goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski for the rest of the season as the Polish international is set to undergo surgery on his shoulder, The Telegraph has revealed.
The 25-year-old replaced Manuel Almunia as the Gunners’ number one this season but has been out of action since the beginning of January with a shoulder injury.
Arsene Wenger will continue with Wojciech Szczesny between the sticks after 20-year-old’s string of impressive performances in Fabianski’s absence.
Speaking about the injury which is expected to keep the shot stopper out for the remaining months of the campaign, Fabianksi said: “The doctors expect me to take a long break but we’ll see if that will happen.”
Gunners eye Sakho.
Arsene Wenger has set his sight on Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.
Contract negotiations between the 20-year-old and the Ligue 1 side have broken down recently and the Gunners are set to offer him double his current salary in an attempt to persuade the French international to move to the Emirates in the summer.
Reports in the French media suggest the north London side are ready to offer almost £13million for the young defender.
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger failed to sign anyone in the January transfer window despite numerous reports linking him to several central defenders. For the transfer of Sakho to go through it is expected that at least one of Arsenal’s centre-backs will be heading for the exit this summer.