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Saturday 20 December 2014

Arsene Wenger sticks to guns over Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas

Arsene Wenger has once again reinforced Arsenal's position that Cesc Fabregas is not for sale.

Barcelona have made no secret of their desire to bring Fabregas back to the Nou Camp, where he played in the youth set-up before moving to Arsenal.

But Arsenal turned down a £29million bid for Fabregas earlier this summer and consistently stated that the club captain is going nowhere.

Wenger said: “I am very happy with Cesc and we are all very happy at the club with Cesc.

“He is a very important player for us, he is our captain and we have worked very hard [for him] to be the future of our team and that is why we are always adamant about [not] letting him go.”

When Arsenal turned down Barcelona's approach in June, the club issued a strongly-worded statement making clear that Fabregas was not available and that was not up for negotiation.

Fabregas still has five years remaining on his Gunners contract and Barcelona spokesman Toni Freixa said this week: “Arsenal don't want to sit down and negotiate with us.”

Barcelona midfielder Xavi claimed last week that Fabregas told his Spain team-mates he wants a return to the Nou Camp.

Wenger said he has learned to live with the situation and he insisted Arsenal fans should not be concerned about where Fabregas' future lies.

“It is only noise. In our job we have to deal with what we can master. What we cannot influence is not to worry about,” Wenger added.

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