Arsenal Plans to Keep Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas

Arsenal Dynamic Duo - Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas

Arsenal are currently on a pre-season tour and Wenger seemed optimistic about the new season.

Nasri – who has just one year on his current contract - will remain at the club regardless of whether he extends his deal, said Wenger.

‘Will he be at the club this season? I say yes. Will he sign a new contract? I hope yes but I’m not the only one to decide that. There is always speculation when a player has only one contract year to go and has not signed a new contract that he might leave the club. But Samir Nasri is very happy at the club and is committed to staying at the club’.

Wenger also stated he is doing all he can to keep Fabregas on his squad this upcoming season,

‘We know that this story for Barcelona goes on for years now and we have to close that and for ourselves to focus on the season hopefully with Cesc Fabregas’.

The Arsenal boss also revealed that Nicklas Bendtner and Manuel Almunia are set to leave the club this summer with reported interest from Spain and Portugal.

Wenger commented on new signing Gervinho,

‘He has joined today at London Colney, he has come back from holiday and signed. He had a medical on Thursday but we sent him back home because he has a family with children. It was so he has time to sort things out for two days. He came back yesterday and starts his fitness programme in London today. He is officially an Arsenal player now’.

Arsene Wenger has also asked for more respect from FC Barcelona regarding Cesc Fabregas in the future.

Barca’s Xavi recently stated that he chatted with Cesc Fabregas while he was on vacation in Ibiza, reporting that the Arsenal captain said he wanted to leave Arsenal for Barcelona and was suffering at The Gunners.

“I spoke to Cesc in Ibiza and he said he was suffering because he wanted to come,” said Xavi. “It’s more like, he did everything he could to come and wants to leave Arsenal.”

Xavi’s comments were posted on the Barcelona website.

FC Barcelona players and directors have opening been courting Fabregas in recent years.

Arsenal beat Malaysia 4-0 in their first pre-season friendly. Afterwards, replied to recent Xavi’s comments about Fabregas “suffering at Arsenal”.

“What is important is that Cesc Fabregas is contracted to Arsenal,” said Wenger. “That is a fact. Arsenal wants to keep him and all the rest is comment.”

Xavi has spoken about the possibility of Fabregas leaving Arsenal on numerous occasions – previously describing Fabregas as having “Barca DNA”.

“If I found Barcelona in exactly the same position, I believe a mutual respect between the clubs should stop this kind of comment. If it is true then it is very disrespectful and it is not the first time that Xavi has been disrespectful to Arsenal.”

Wenger said that Fabregas can only leave Arsenal if he is genuinely unhappy with the club. After talking with Fabregas last week, Wenger remains confident.

Fabregas is not currently with Arsenal on their pre-season tour of Asia.

Aaron Ramsey scored the first goal against Malaysia with a penalty and then produced a defence-splitting pass for Theo Walcott to double the lead taking the lead in Fabregas’s absence.

Carlos Vela and Tomas Rosicky each scored second-half goals.

Samir Nasri, who will be staying at Arsenal next season, replaced Ramsey after 67 minutes and appeared fit in Fabregas’s usual position.

Manchester United are reportedly willing to pay £20 million for Nasri, who is currently in the final year of his contract. Wenger says he will be supported by the Arsenal directors in his decision, including owner Stan Kroenke, to refuse all offers.

“I believe that’s no problem,” said Wenger. “It is a technical decision. On one hand, people say I don’t spend enough and, when I spend, people say I spend too much. What is important is that we have a good team and that the club is in a strong financial situation. The decisions are dictated by financial restrictions but not only by financial restrictions.”

Wenger is also confident that the Arsenal supporters will respond positively to Nasri. “He has always had a very good attitude,” he said. “I think everyone who loves Arsenal wants for our strong players to stay.”

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