Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas denies rift with Denilson

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Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has moved to dispel suggestions of a rift with fellow midfielder Denilson.

In an interview on Brazilian television the 22-year-old revealed he felt the Gunners "lack leadership", claiming "Fabregas is the captain, but he is not a leader to me".

However, the Spain World Cup winner this morning insisted there was no disharmony within the Arsenal camp.

Speaking on his official Twitter account, Fabregas wrote: "Abt (sic) what Deni said. I've been in his situation before, just a misunderstanding. Now lets win tonite! (sic)."

Fabregas also attached a picture of the duo as they travelled on the train up to Leeds for tonight's FA Cup third-round replay, both players all smiles and giving the thumbs up.

Denilson is expected to feature again at Elland Road, as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger rotates his squad.

It was the Brazilian who had given away a penalty to Leeds in the first tie 10 days ago.

Fabregas kept the Gunners in the competition with a last-minute spot-kick of his own, and afterwards had given Denilson a dressing down for making such a clumsy challenge.

"They scored from a penalty that, at this stage when you are a professional footballer you can not give away this type of penalty so easily," Fabregas said in his post-match TV interview.

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