Fabregas breaks his silence on why he threw a pizza in ‘Battle of the Buffet’

Cesc Fabregas has recalled his pizza-throwing incident of the ‘Battle of the Buffet’ in 2004.

Arsenal had been unbeaten in 49 league matches before they faced their biggest rivals at the time, Manchester United.

The Red Devils won the match 2-0, and a mass melee ensued after the game, with the players of both clubs having a go at each other.

Fabregas had gone back into the dressing room, and he was already munching pizza when they heard a noise from outside.

It turned out to be from the players of both clubs, and he threw his pizza at someone. It hit sir Alex Ferguson.

For years no one knew who threw the pizza before Fab admitted recently that he was the one.

In a new interview on the famous day, he claimed he threw the pizza at someone because he didn’t have the courage to fight.

He said, as quoted by The Daily Mail: ‘We were 49 games unbeaten. They were so competitive but they were very smart people. I was getting a lot of stick as well. 

‘So, I was very frustrated. You’re warming up and didn’t play. You’re annoyed you lost. I just went in quickly to the dressing room and there was some food there, I was starving.

The 35-year-old went on to add: ‘I took a slice of pizza and we started hearing noises. You started seeing players and Arsene Wenger everywhere.

‘The first thing that occurred to me was to throw the pizza because I didn’t have the power or the courage maybe to go into that fight. They were monsters in there. They were super, super big guys. Apparently it hit Sir Alex Ferguson.’

Just Arsenal Opinion

That game was one of the most ill-tempered matches we have seen in the Premier League.

Arsenal had a lot to lose, and United was out to ensure that they did lose.

In the end, the Red Devils won, but our invincible title of the previous year will probably never happen again.

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  1. OT;marquinhos seems to be catching fun at the U21’s,two mental goals from him i think he’ll break into the first team sooner than expected.a gem we’ve got in our hands.

  2. For me I class him in the same bracket as van pervert ,went running when the club needed them ,2 snakes and I’m glad we didn’t resign him .
    My opinion OFC

    1. But they gave his best when when they wore our jersey, did not limp, hop, crawl, flap hands or give up. Both did not leave in a proper manner, but why blame the players? Blame the manager for that! For not treating them well, maybe, could be. For not matching their ambitions, maybe, could be. As some do today, blame the manager even if someone sneezes!

  3. Cesc was absolutely amazing for us.. But we were absolutely going nowhere in those days. I did not enjoy the likes of Cesc, Henry, RVP, Nasri, Adebayor etc leaving but what did we expect back then? We had become a no ambition / just finish in the Top 4 club., These players had their own individual careers / CVs pad up..

    Some of the antics that these players used to engineer their moves left a bitter taste in most of us, but on a more objective template they had to move on to farther their careers. We had become a stagnant club.

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