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Backheel Breakfast: Arsene Wenger doesn't want Arsenal fans to boo Cesc Fabregas

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Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas had a lot of great years at Arsenal, and Arsene Wenger is hoping that his fans give the midfielder "the respect he deserves" during the game between the two teams this weekend.

It is a bit weird that Arsenal fans boo Fabregas at all. He left them for the club he grew up supporting, then when he wanted to come back to England, Arsenal didn't make a bid. Wenger says he doesn't regret not making a bid. Fabregas might have turned them down anyway, but he never had the chance to. So hating him is weird.

At the same time, hey, this is sports. And being a sports fan basically requires one to irrationally hate people who have never done anything wrong to them. Wenger doesn't want his fans to shout verbal abuse at an opposing player? Well, does he just not want them to show up? They don't have a good reason to hate Cesc, but do they need to respect him?

No. They should boo whoever they want, because that's the point.

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Jordan Henderson has signed a new five-year contract with Liverpool. (LFC.tv)

Bayern would like to extend Pep Guardiola's contract. (Guardian)

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Bayer Leverkusen's Gonzalo Castro is out for the rest of the season. (Bundesliga)

Sampdoria's president says he's not hiring Rafa Benitez because he's too fat. (Standard)

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Wednesday's games

Juventus drew Monaco, 0-0, which was good enough to see them through to the CL semis.

Real Madrid found a late winner against 10-man Atleti.

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What to watch on Thursday (click for listings, all times ET)

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