Date: 6th May 2009 at 3:13pm
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Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has spoken out in the aftermath of yesterdays crushing defeat to Manchester United in support of youngster Kieran Gibbs after an unfortunate slip by the left back led to United’s opening goal.

Gibbs, who was clearly distraught immediately after the incident, was substituted at half-time and replaced by Emmanuel Eboue, has deputised at left back in the absence of Gael Clichy and has performed his duties admirably showing great character in three massive games in a short period of time, despite being extremely inexperienced, and it’s this character that Cesc is urging Gibbs to draw upon to come through the situation a stronger player.

‘I’m disappointed for the team, for the fans and also for Gibbsy. He’s been amazing for us with what he’s done and now he’s been so unlucky. He was devastated at half-time and that made me really sad because he is only 19.’ Said Fabregas on Sky Sports News

‘This can happen to anyone. He has to be strong, he is a very strong guy and he will be a great player for us and for England because he deserves it. Now he has to stand up and be strong because we are all next to him.’