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Wenger expects Fabregas stay

Gunners boss confident over skipper's future

By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me on Twitter @skysportspeteo.   Last Updated: 19/05/11 11:04pm

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Fabregas: Backed to stay at Arsenal this summer by Wenger

Fabregas: Backed to stay at Arsenal this summer by Wenger

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reiterated his belief that Cesc Fabregas will stay at the club this summer.

Fabregas was continually linked with a move back to boyhood club Barcelona last summer before he finally stayed at Emirates Stadium.

Barcelona are expected to rekindle their interest in the Spain international this summer, but Wenger is confident his skipper will remain in North London as he is committed to the Gunners' cause.

"I expect him to be here," Wenger said. "I will fight very hard to keep him here. You have always to fight when you have a player of that quality.

"I expect him to be here. I will fight very hard to keep him here. You have always to fight when you have a player of that quality. "
Arsene Wenger on Fabregas Quotes of the week

"I believe the biggest pride for a captain is to be committed to his club and deliver trophies to his team.

"A player who changes every time when he is frustrated that he does not win a trophy goes nowhere.

Committed

"I believe the quality of a sports life is to be committed to his club and not just move on when it does not go as well as you expected it."

Fabregas has struggled with a series of injuries this season and Wenger is hopeful the midfielder will be able to contribute more next term.

"I believe that Cesc Fabregas played 22 games this season out of 38," added Wenger.

"We expect him next season to play between 30 and 38 and that will make a huge difference to our efficiency as well."

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