By Richard Clarke

Cesc Fabregas says Saturday’s superb win over Manchester United was dedicated to Arsène Wenger.

Arsenal cast aside all their worries to pull off a wonderful 2-1 victory against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. Before the game there had been sharp criticism of Wenger in certain sections of the media and, for protégées like Fabregas, it was payback time.

“We definitely did it for the manager because he has believed in us,” said the Spanish midfielder. “Apart from Gallas and Silvestre, the rest of the players would have never had the chance to play football so we owe him a lot of things and have to show that on the pitch.

“Winners don’t like to look at this [media] reaction. They always try to get better and win the games. The losers could put their heads down, feel sorry for themselves and never come back again.

“We have shown we have got character. We were playing against a great team, under a lot of pressure and we are happy.”

As Fabregas suggests, Arsenal had to pull off a rear-guard action after Samir Nasri put them 2-0 up just after half-time. An 89th-minute volley from Manchester United substitute Rafael made for a nerve-jangling finale. But the home side held on in precisely the way it had not against Tottenham 10 days earlier.

However, overall, Fabregas feels Arsenal’s style is sound. They just have to keep their faith and their work-ethic.

“Sometimes we have lost a game like this when we’ve played the same way,’ said the 21-year-old. “And everyone would say we are not good.

“When we win this way and everyone will say we are good. We have always been playing the same but sometimes you have more fortune in front of goal.

“That is football, but the good thing is that this team have never put their heads down and felt sorry for ourselves.

“We want to get better, play better and I think we showed it in this game.”

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10 Nov 2008