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Fabregas slams Ipswich ‘rugby’ tactics

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas maintains the Gunners must deal with whatever “rugby” tactics other teams throw at them — and warned Ipswich they will be handed a real football lesson in the second leg of their Carling Cup semi-final at Emirates Stadium.

The Tractor Boys produced a battling display to secure a narrow 1-0 advantage after a late strike from Tamas Priskin.

Fabregas accepts Arsenal have to learn to cope with all situations, having been undone by a long ball from Colin Healy which split their centre-backs and set Priskin through to score what could yet prove a crucial strike.

“I don't know it if it is long ball or it is a rugby kick, but it worked for them,” Fabregas said.

“In England, a lot of teams play like that and it works for them, they create chances like that and it is their football.

“We just have to put the ball on the floor and try to play football, that is what we do.

“I can only remember two opportunities for them, but it was from a long, long ball because playing football they could not really get behind us or attack us.

“It is a bit disappointing because I think we were the much better team.

“Credit to them because they played well, but Arsenal made the football, the other team refused to play football.”

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