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Wenger - We will keep Cesc

Gunners boss brushes off Barca's pursuit of skipper

Last Updated: 31/07/10 9:42pm

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Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal's position regarding Cesc Fabregas' future remains unchanged and says the club will not complain about Barcelona's behaviour.

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Barcelona have spent the summer trying to persuade Arsenal to sell their captain, who has suggested he would be keen to return to Camp Nou.

The Gunners have rejected one offer for the midfielder, but have also been forced to contend with several Barca players claiming Fabregas wants to join the Primera Liga champions.

Wenger wants to keep Fabregas as a lynchpin of his team and believes the World Cup winner can play an important part in Arsenal's ambitions this season.

"I have always said that Cesc Fabregas will be our captain next year and that we want to keep him," said Wenger on Sky Sports News.

"And, despite all the speculation from last season and the whole summer, nothing has changed."

Respect

Regarding whether Arsenal would make a formal complaint about Barcelona's pursuit of the Spain international, Wenger commented: "I would say that I believe that Arsenal deserves respect.

"If the players make some statements and jokes, we can do exactly the same, but I believe we have to live with that and we do not have to complain too much.

"I believe it's important that we focus on the targets we have together. There's a very good attitude and spirit inside the squad and Cesc Fabregas can help us to achieve our targets.

"He's now at an age, 23 years old, he's just won the World Cup and I believe he will grow in authority again next season. The biggest achievement for him is to help us win the championship."

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