Wenger: Fabregas stays home and is a ‘no comment’ situation

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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.

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Will
Will

That’s enough so, to me wengers comments mean that cesc is gone.

Highbury_Squirrel
Highbury_Squirrel

It’s quite a different message from last week when he was fairly adamant they were staying, certainly with Nasri. It does sound like the Cesc move is gathering momentum. Maybe I’m just analysing it too much.

AZGooner
AZGooner

It makes me sick to see this happening, but I just want it to be over, so long as we reinvest. Of course I’d rather see him stay…

Mooro
Mooro

Agree. 2 weeks back I was sure Cesc was staying and Nasri was off. I did get to thinking the complete reverse but now Nasri sounds in doubt as well.

With Twitchy sticking Modric in the £35m bracket there’s no way we should accept anything like that for Cesc. He’s different class to that little twat.

AbeORD
AbeORD

Wenger you acknowledged, at the end of last season, the need to shore up Arsenal’s defense. Why don’t you get the defenders that you need. From what I’ve read, both Cahill and Samba are very happy to join the Gunners. Everyone knows that both or one of them would better our club!!!! I would think that Cesc and Nasri may be impress to see an intent by you to improve the club. It, unfortunately, looks like you have a great deal of difficulty parting with money.

TimJai
TimJai

There can’t be a swap deal on the cards now as all their players have said how much they’re looking forward to seeing Cesc there!

OOKED
OOKED

Indeed. That clearly means, cesc is off and this will be announced after the emirates cup so not to get a fan whip lash, with bids accepted for Almunia and bendtner. Nasri to be made highest earner by start of season ( if he still wants to stay ) and an attempt to bring in a premier league defensive player before the close of the window. If nasri doesn’t agree a contract before the first game, then he is off next year for free.

Highbury_Squirrel
Highbury_Squirrel

I think Wenger might be waiting to see who goes before deciding who he can bring in. He doesn’t want a squad with surplus players on decent wages. That’s fair enough but there’s a risk he’ll miss out altogether if he waits too long.

Jasonisimo
Jasonisimo

Cesc is one of the best creative midfielders in the world and is just coming into his prime, he’s under contract for the long term, and the team has been built around him as the captain. If Arsenal loses Cesc for anything less than 40 million pounds, then it will be the steal of the decade.

The fact that there is no market at all for one of the best players in the world must be nigh on unprecedented in this era of billionaire owners. Without blaming the player, this is because Cesc has made it clear that he wants to play only for Barca and will not consider anyone else after Arsenal. Now, Arsenal is in the position of having to value Cesc’s incremental contribution to the team (replacement costs would have to factor into that valuation). If Barca’s offer is at or below that value, then Arsenal shouldn’t sell, and if it is above that value… If Arsenal can accurately make that calculation, it should guard that formula like a state secret.

TexasGooner6
TexasGooner6

The problem with this is that it unsettles the team. Our players rely on him. If he is out of the picture than they will step up. I also want to have players on the team who want to be there. If Cesc doesnt want to be there than get him home and be done with it. He does not want more money, he wants to go home. Fine, go home.

Jasonisimo
Jasonisimo

Cesc is too professional and too much of a man to mope about. If he’s on in the squad, then he’s on the teamsheet and he’ll be giving 100% for Arsenal. I don’t think that unsettles the squad at all.

trugun
trugun

Cesc needs to have the courage of his own convictions, if he wants to go then put in a transfer request. I believe he will not go in for a transfer request simply because he knows Barca will not be prepared to go the extra mile in order to get the man they supposedly want. This sorry saga says a lot about our captain he wants to go to a club that loves him so much that they buy everyone else they want first, they will do every thing possible to get him except pay the price, a price that he knows is fair and that Real Madrid and Inter would put up in a heart beat if that transfer request did materialise, but it wont will it?, Cesc is happy for Barca to shit all over him, constantly put him on a back burner and disrespect the other club, Arsenal, that he professes to love, not that I saw much of that love last season he clearly didn’t want to be with us, so bugger off Cesc dont care who you go to so long as they pay the money, then we can have in people who want to play for the club.

Mooro
Mooro

I know I’ve been on the light ales and it ain’t gonna happen but….It would be great to get to the point where we seem happy with the number, hold a joint press conference (cos they’d love that the arrogant cunts) and announce quite publicly that they’ve come up with the number but because of the way they’ve behaved we would rather cut our balls off and set them on fire than sell him to Barfa. Adios and vamoose señor cuntbags.

TexasGooner6
TexasGooner6

I concur. That would be perfect.

EIE
EIE

Wenger Out!

trugun
trugun

plank!

Lord Teddy Ears

Well we should force a sale for Cesc to real madrid and swap him for Karen Benjamin just to fuck the Barcalona and Cesc off. As for Nasri we should sell that cunt to anyone that well take him and then let him train with shawcross before he goes as he really has fucked me off the way he has acted.

We need to show these overpaid pricks that the club is bigger than them and Arsenal will be there years after the retire and become fat like Ronaldo and forgotten.

So Fuck off the pair of you and AW get some fucking balls and buy some experience because you know what are team is not that bad and we have showed that time and time again.

PJW
PJW

Nasri has literally done nothing..? He has a year left on his contract and still has not asked to leave or anything of the sort. He’s undecided if he’s going to extend his contract and is going to play out his current one unless the club decides to sell him. I don’t understand how any of that is poor behavior. He’s a good player and I hope he stays.

Mooro
Mooro

I’m as much a fan of Jose as the next Gooner, but I would absolutely piss myself if he slapped in a 50mil bid. Barca? Your move I believe cunts.

NorthernGoon
NorthernGoon

My concern here isn’t that Msr Wenger is having to eat his words because let’s be fair, what he said was the equivalent of my son putting his fingers in his ears saying, “nananana I can’t hear you.”

No what concerns me is the backlash not from the fans but from those players who have been vocal about this, Theo, Jack & Robin.

When Cesc moves which I think has to happen now, the board and Wenger have to act instantly and decisively. They need to bring someone in who will make the void left by Cesc’s absence seem as insignificant as possible. If they don’t then I think the ramifications felt will be massive. I’m not sure Mata is the answer, personally, I think we need someone from a league not too dissimilar to ours. I can think of a few German midfielders who would be good but then that’s just me with my Champ Manager head on.

Svenny
Svenny

Can just see how Msr. Wenger, for some reason, manages to keep both Cesc and Nasri until the transfer window closes and says: “It’s like we have two new signings. Zey should have gone. Zey wanted to go. But zey didnt.”
He then adds: “As for goalkeepers and strikers, no need to sign those either because its like we have (go figure) two new signings: Almunia and Bendtner” He will then ask them to legally change their names to Belmunia and Andtner as he is sure that none of us fans (because let’s face it, we are just a bunch of morons to him) will know the difference.

aussiegunner
aussiegunner

concerning fabregas, im annoyed that, correct me if im wrong, barca announced to have 40 mil euros in the kitty at the start of the transfer window, and have spent 26? on sanchez to which they coincidentally formally offered for cesc. they obviously can cuoco but disappointingly have been cunning in their attempts to drive cesc’s price down. if i were cesc would i be annoyed that barca want to get me on the cheap? id say yes. but does he really care? i doubt it. if i were arsenal fc would i be annoyed if cesc made a statement asking barca to cough up? i know a few fans would find it disloyal, but i wouldnt find it that way as i feel he deserves to go and would show his true respect for arsenal.

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toxka
toxka

What kind of team captain is this? He cannot even come out and give an opinion on the biggest Arsenal saga in decades, and leaves the fans he claims he loves frustrated and unsettled to keep guessing about his future! Frankly i’m disappointed with his attitude, especially for a team captain. So bad for team morale

Professor Plum
Professor Plum

well, i haven got a problem with fab – if he wanat to go then let him. if i played for barca and arsenal wanted me it would be the same thing. anyway, ramsey could replace him –

Jasonisimo
Jasonisimo

Ramsey is great and all, but Cesc has been the most productive midfielder in Europe over the past 5 seasons. Arsenal can’t realistically replace Cesc if we make a deal with Barfa. Our best hope is that Ramsey actually is all he’s hyped to be–and then we get someone else in who’s worth $30 mill or so. Sneijder, maybe.

Professor Plum
Professor Plum

anyway, fuck nasri .

Guincho Guincho
Guincho Guincho

Diaby, injured? Really?

Jasonisimo
Jasonisimo

Anyone catch the headline that Barfa “sold” Bojan Krkic to Roma for 12 million euro? This is just borrowing money to fund a bid for Cesc!

The deal is basically Barca borrowing 12 million for a year in exchange for loaning Krkic to Roma. Roma will pay his wages and get his services for a season. Then next year, Barfa has to buy him back for 13 million euros. That’s some deal for Roma. Of course, if Roma wants to keep Krkic, they must pay Barfa an additional 28 million euro. So, the deal breaks down as either 1) a loan plus 1 million euros in a year for doing Barfa the favor, or 2) Roma pays 40 million euros in installments for Krkic! The deal seems designed by the parties so that option 1 is the only way to go for Roma.

GoonerNepal
GoonerNepal

Mr. Wenger should hire Cobb and his crew and assign him an inception project to plant an idea in Cesc’s head convincing him that Farcelona do not value him as much as he is worth and do not need as much as Arsenal do.

This may take 4-5 levels deep since the transfer saga been so long. Cob and his crew might need very strong sedatives that must make them sleep until end of August. That should give them around 5-6 yrs in the last level dream which should be enough to plant the idea in his head.

Jasonisimo
Jasonisimo

If only.

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Dave Gooner
Dave Gooner

Perfectly clear that Barca’s valuation doesn’t suit Cesc either. Thierry Henry says it all when he says it is all up to Fabregas. He clearly does not want to go at any price, and he also loves, and is loved, at Arsenal.

Nor should he go at that price – Barca’s current valuation is about half what Cesc is actually worth. Knock 10% off for goodwill – “DNA money” if you will – and Barca is still looking at north of 50 million.

So Barca’s optimism is badly misplaced. If they want him, let them leave the spin at home, and come and get him.