Arsène Wenger has settled matters with Cesc Fabregas over his disagreement with Mark Hughes on Saturday.

The Blackburn manager and the Arsenal midfielder exchanged angry words at the end of the goalless draw at Emirates Stadium over the weekend. Unfortunately the incident became the main talking point of an otherwise sterile 90 minutes.

After the end of the game, Fabregas waited for Hughes in the Blackburn dressing room and made his apologies. Wenger later took up the matter and was happy with the response of his 19-year-old protégée.

"Cesc is a guy who loves to win," said the Arsenal manager. "Sometimes he gets frustrated and he lets his frustration out.

"I read what happened and I had a chat with him and he apologised. He said to me: 'Listen, what I did wasn't right'. Off the pitch he's very mature and not maintaining that three days later he was right.

"It would have been better if he'd not talked at all but I don't think it was too bad.

"He went to the dressing room and apologised. That was his own initiative. I didn't tell him to do it. Maybe Henry or one of his team-mates told him to do it. But I did speak with him about that [afterwards] because I had ignored it completely [at the time]."

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20 Feb 2007