Arsene Wenger looks set to battle hard to keep both Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas as he attempts to keep together his young Arsenal squad in the face of interest from high profile suitors.
Nasri, who has only one year left on his contract, is playing hardball with the Gunners board as he attempts to negotiate a significant pay rise, while club captain Fabregas is once again thought to be the subject of attention from childhood club Barcelona.
Having spent nearly £16 million securing Nasri’s signature in 2008, Wenger made clear that the former Marseille man should recognise the improvements he has made in North London with help from the Arsenal coaching staff.
“We will do everything to keep Nasri at the club. My wish is that he stays here,” Wenger said in The Sun.
“If he looks back he can see that he’s come quite a long way with us, and I think there is still a bit to do.
“It’s the club that makes the player’s career.”
Last summer Arsenal stubbornly resisted two formal bids from Barcelona for Fabregas and while interest in the Spanish playmaker appears to be less strong this time around, the Frenchman made clear that he was not about to let his protégé return to the Nou Camp anytime soon.
“I will be pretty clear about this. For me, Fabregas is with Arsenal for a long time and he will stay with Arsenal.
“It sometimes happens that the rumour can make the transfer.
With rivals Liverpool and Manchester United already spending big this summer, Wenger also recognised that with new financial regulations on the horizon he expected a great deal of money to change hands before the start of the new season.
“Next year will see the introduction of the financial fair play system, which will limit the big transfers.
“I think this is the last year that the summer will be hot – very hot.”