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Arsenal boss snubs remarks from former striker

By James Riach.   Last Updated: 30/10/09 4:34pm

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Arsene Wenger has shrugged off claims from Emmanuel Adebayor that Cesc Fabregas may have to leave Arsenal.

"Frankly, I'm not really bothered about what he says" Quotes of the week

The former Gunners striker has said the Spanish midfielder may move away from the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season if Arsenal fail to secure qualification for the UEFA Champions League next term.

However, Wenger has brushed off the claims from the Togo international, who infuriated Arsenal fans last month when he ran the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of them at Eastlands whilst playing for new club Manchester City.

"Frankly, I'm not really bothered about what he says," he said. "Why should I react to quotes that may not even be accurate?

"What is important for me is that we play well tomorrow. For the rest, we have to live with what people say but it is not really important.

"Nobody knows what's happening next week so why should you speculate or worry about statements of that calibre? They are not anything realistic, it's just talk."

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Fabregas has continually been linked with a return to his boyhood club Barcelona, although he has committed his future to Arsenal on a number of occasions.

Wenger wants to concentrate on his side's crunch game against rivals Tottenham on Saturday, rather than worry about the musings of Adebayor.

"We want to win tomorrow and the fact it is a derby gives us a little bit extra special motivation for everybody to win," he added.

"But when the game starts it will be just down to the quality of the display no matter how much other psychological involvement there is in the game.

"I believe that we are in a strong position in every competition we play in and for us it's a good opportunity.

"I have a strong belief in them and I believe we have the wanted strengths to win the championship."

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