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Arsene Wenger: I Will Fight To Keep Nasri And Fabregas

Abhishek Iyer
800   //    08 Jul 2011, 22:42 IST

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has finally broken his silence regarding the shady futures of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, and revealed that the club will fight hard to retain the services of the duo. Both midfielders have been linked with moves away from Arsenal this summer, but Wenger is adamant that they will stay on in the end.

Arsene ready to fight it out

Cesc Fabregas has been subject to an extended amount of interest from long time suitors Barcelona, who have been cajoling him to join their ranks for close to three years now. Players have come out and publicly courted Cesc, put jerseys on him, phoned him and told him to join them in ‘business class’, but the situation remains at an impasse at present.

Wenger indicated that Arsenal’s position in the affair was the same, and that they would battle hard for their captain and talisman. Speaking to the official website, he said-

“Our position is always the same, we want to keep Cesc and I will fight as hard as I can to keep him,”

Nasri’s situation is equally dicey, with the French midfielder refusing to sign a new contract with the club and being subjected to bids from Manchester United, their rich and blue neighbors Manchester City and Inter Milan. But Wenger sang the same tune when asked about Nasri and said that the hatches were battened and Arsenal were ready to fight it out for the Little Prince.

“Samir Nasri is exactly the same. We will do everything we can to keep him.”

Arsenal start their pre-season tour to Asia soon, and Wenger confirmed that Cesc Fabregas would not be involved in that tour because of a small muscular problem. Emmanuel Eboue might also miss out due to a small calf strain. But Wenger said that he would take his strongest squad to Malaysia.

“We will take the strongest possible squad,”

“Fabregas will not travel because he still has a small muscular problem. He will stay and practice here. There is a doubt about Eboue who has done his calf.”

The full list will be revealed in a few days’ time. Arsenal fans will be gratified to hear that the club is refusing to be held to ransom over their big players.

Abhishek Iyer
24 year old, short term pessimist and long term optimist gooner. If you read any of my stuff and come to the conclusion that I know nothing about football, we\'ve finally reached an agreement.
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