Cesc downplays Denilson doubts
Cesc Fabregas has described Denilson's outburst over his ability to captain Arsenal as a "misunderstanding".
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 19/01/11 10:19am
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has described Denilson's outburst over his ability to skipper the side as a "misunderstanding".
A story in The Sun saw Denilson launch a shock attack on Fabregas, claiming the Spain midfielder lacked the leadership qualities to be captain at the Emirates Stadium.
The Brazilian midfielder's comments will have caused a stir amongst Gunners fans, who see their side lock horns with Leeds United in Wednesday's FA Cup third round replay.
But Fabregas has rapidly sought to ease any bad blood between the midfield duo by insisting there is no issue with the 22-year-old.
On his official Twitter page, Fabregas said: "About what Denilson said, I've been in this situation before, just a misunderstanding. Now let's win tonight!"
Fabregas also posted a picture of the two players together giving the thumbs up in a bid to remedy the unwelcome distraction.
Denilson had earlier been quoted as saying: "Fabregas is the captain but he is not a leader.
"It's a personality thing and a leader can be young. It's something they are born with.
"We are lacking leadership and we need leadership to go forward. There isn't a leader. I don't see one player as a leader.
"At Arsenal it's more of a collective team at the moment, everyone is talking - but a leader is always important for a team."
The former Sao Paulo star also had strong views on Arsenal's goalkeeping situation.
Wojciech Szczesny is set to start on Wednesday in place of the injured Lukasz Fabianski, yet Denilson believes neither is the club's best shot-stopper.
He said: "The best keeper at Arsenal is Manuel Almunia."
Denilson had kinder words reserved for manager Arsene Wenger adding: "His work is amazing and I admire all he has done giving opportunities to young players."
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