Arsene Wenger expects years of Cesc Fabregas service

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Arsene Wenger believes captain Cesc Fabregas will remain with Arsenal for "many, many years" despite his summer flirtation with Barcelona.

The Spain midfielder was persuaded to stay at the Emirates Stadium by Wenger despite a series of bids from his former club.

Fabregas joined the Gunners from the Catalan club's youth system in 2003 and he has gone on to make almost 300 first-team appearances.

He remains under contract until summer 2014 and Wenger expects the north London club to receive many more years of service from the 23-year-old midfielder.

Speaking at the club's AGM, he said:"He is from Barcelona and has an attraction to where he grew up.

"At the end of the day, I believe he wants to win with this club. For how long I don't know but hopefully for many, many years.

"I'm not pessimistic. I'm confident we will keep him for a few more years.

"He deeply loves this club, believe me. If he did not love the club, he would have gone."

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