As expected Cesc Fabregas will not travel to Germany for Arsenal’s match with Cologne on Saturday.
The Spaniard, is still suffering from the same muscular problem which ruled him out of the tour of Asia, and will remain in London as speculation continues that Barcelona have sent a delegation to seal a deal for his services ahead of the new season.
Speaking about the rumours, Wenger did not deny that negotiations were under way with Barcelona but did stress to Arsenal.com that a move is not close to being completed.
“The position at the moment [with Fabregas] is a ‘no comment’ situation because there is no movement at all.”
Despite publicly declaring his eagerness to see both Fabregas and Nasri stay at the Emirates for the season ahead, Wenger also conceded that he is unable to confirm whether the Frenchman will be a Gunner come the end of August.
“[It is] not completely [sorted that Samir will stay] but I want him to stay. He knows that. Hopefully we can sort that out in the coming weeks.”
While Nasri will travel to Cologne, Nicklas Bendtner and Manuel Almunia have not been included in the squad with Wenger revealing that both players are still negotiating moves away from the club.
“Almunia has been contacted by a few clubs, Bendtner as well,” he added.
“As long as the situation is not settled, we have to focus on the coming season with the players we have. The players who are uncertain, it is difficult for them to focus on being completely committed.”
Emmanuel Eboue and Abou Diaby are another duo who will miss the trip although new boy Gervinho and long-term absentee Lukasz Fabianski have made the trip.
“Gervinho is with us. Fabianski is back. Eboue is injured and is behind and Bendtner is behind.
“Diaby is out longer term so that is why I do not speak about him. We do not count Diaby for August. He will miss the start of the season for sure.”
Young quintet Carl Jenkinson, Benik Afobe, Emmanuel Frimpong, Ryo Miyaichi and Conor Henderon have also made the plane.