Wenger says duo will stay
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is optimistic midfield duo Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri will be staying at Emirates Stadium.
Last Updated: 11/07/11 7:21pm
Arsene Wenger is optimistic midfield duo Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri will be staying at Arsenal this season.
Gunners captain Fabregas is wanted by his boyhood club Barcelona, while Nasri is a target for several of Arsenal's Premier League rivals.
Widespread reports have suggested that Wenger is finally prepared to allow Spain international Fabregas to return to Camp Nou this summer, providing Barcelona meet the club's £35million asking price.
However, Wenger is not planning to let the 24-year-old leave Emirates Stadium and he also intends to keep Nasri at the club.
France international Nasri has just 12 months remaining on his contract and has been the subject of interest from Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Premier League champions United have reportedly seen a £20million bid knocked back already, while City were rumoured to be willing to pay £23million after recently signing Gael Clichy from Arsenal.
But, after arriving in Malaysia for the Gunners' pre-season tour of the Far East, Wenger confirmed he expects Fabregas and Nasri to be part of his plans for the coming campaign.
"Yes, why not?" said Wenger on Sky Sports News when asked about the prospects of Nasri and Fabregas staying.
"You asked me two different questions. One, will he (Nasri) be at the club next season? I say yes.
"The second part, will he sign a new contract? I hope yes, but I'm not the only one who decides that.
"There is always speculation when the player has a one-year contract 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 he is committed to stay at the club.
"Cesc loves the club. We know the story from Barcelona goes on for years now, but hopefully we will be able to close that for ourselves to focus on the season, hopefully with Cesc Fabregas."