Johan Djourou has made clear that the Arsenal squad are not distracted by the constant newspaper headlines linking Cesc Fabregas with a move to Barcelona.
Arsene Wenger has already rejected a £27 million bid for the Spanish playmaker, but with the European champions ready to take the transfer to the wire the speculation looks set to overshadow the club’s pre-season preparations and tour of the Far East.
The Swiss defender, who returned to London Colney this week with the rest of his teammates, told BBC World:
“We know that there will be stories but we know what we’re aiming for and what our goal is.
“We want to be successful so we don’t really get distracted by this. If he [Fabregas] goes, he goes.”
“He’s been a great player for us and he’ll always have been a great player for us, but it’s his decision.”
Asked if he felt other players would be able to fill the void should either Fabregas or Nasri depart this summer, Djourou optimistically remarked that departures often forced other squad members to step up their performances.
“It could be true because when you look at players who normally come out and express themselves, it’s when someone goes,” he said.
“When Thierry [Henry] went, Cesc expressed himself even more, but the two together [Fabregas and Nasri] are great so you’d rather keep them. If someone goes then I’m sure someone will step up.”