Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated that he is intent on keeping key players Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri at the club. Both midfielders have been linked with a summer Emirates departure, with the Spaniard being linked with a move to boyhood club Barcelona and the France international subject of a £20 million bid from Manchester United after rejecting a new contract. Despite this, the 61-year-old has stated he will do all he can to keep the duo in North London.
“Our position is always the same – we want to keep Cesc and I will fight as hard as I can to keep him. Samir Nasri is exactly the same. We will do everything we can to keep him,” the Frenchman told the club’s official website.
The Premier League side fly out to Asia on Sunday for games in China and Malaysia, but Fabregas will not travel with the squad, sparking speculation of an impending move. Wenger has rejected this claim and stated the World Cup winner is staying in England as he has an injury.
“We will take the strongest possible squad, but Fabregas will not travel because he still has a small muscular problem. He will stay and practice here.”
One man that will be on the plane is Ryo Miyaichi, who spent a successful 2010/11 on loan at Eredivisie side Feyenoord, and may feature in the English side’s first team squad next campaign.
“He is on the plane because he is quality. It is a good opportunity for him to show that he has the talent to play for Arsenal. Everybody will be curious to see him play in Asia,” Wenger continued.
Lille forward Gervinho is expected to sow up a move to the Emirates in the near future after passing a medical, but the club’s coach concluded by saying that they will only sign the right players and not panic buy.
“I can understand that people say ‘you have money, just go out and buy’, but it’s not only that, we want to find the quality we need,” he commented.