Cesc Fabregas has opened up on the “angry and upset” mood in Arsenal’s dressing room after their Invincible run came to an end away at Manchester United in 2004.
The Gunners went an astonishing 49 games unbeaten from May 2003 to October 2004, becoming the first and only side in Premier League history to avoid defeat throughout an entire league season.
Yet that historic run came crashing down in a heated encounter with United on 24 October 2004 – better known these days as “Pizzagate”.
Ruud van Nistelrooy’s penalty and a Wayne Rooney tap-in handed the Red Devils victory over their bitter rivals in an ill-tempered affair, with Fabregas infamously throwing a slice of pizza at Sir Alex Ferguson when tempers flared in the tunnel afterwards.
Manchester United ended Arsenal’s 49-game unbeaten run in October 2004
And while speaking with Rio Ferdinand on The Locker Room, Fabregas revealed Arsenal stars were left seething in the dressing room because “we didn’t feel we should have lost”.
“We were so disappointed. We were angry, we were upset,” he told Ferdinand.
“Don’t get me wrong, it had to come to an end, the Invincible, the 49 games, and it can happen at Old Trafford against a great Man United side.
Tempers flared between both sides, before Cesc Fabregas infamously hit Sir Alex Ferguson in the face with a slice of pizza in the tunnel afterwards
“But I think it’s the way it happened. First of all, Gary Neville, what he did to Antonio Reyes, mamma mia. Every single time he had the ball.
“Wayne dived for the penalty against Sol.
“So the emotion was that we lost against a great team, which could happen, but we didn’t feel we should have lost.
“We didn’t feel it was the right time to lose our Invincible run.”
And Fabregas insists the Gunners felt they didn’t deserve to lose at Old Trafford