Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Cesc Fabregas will miss the Emirates Cup this weekend with the player unsettled by the speculation over his future and still struggling with injury.
The midfielder hasn’t featured in any of Arsenal’s pre-season matches so far with Wenger up to this point citing a persistent hamstring problem. That was until today when the Frenchman hinted for the first time that his captain is not currently in the right mindset to step out for the club.
Speaking to the press this afternoon, Wenger confirmed: “He is just coming back from injury and we have to make sure that he is focused on being with us.
“Cesc is torn between two loves. I can understand that but we want to be certain about his commitment.”
Challenged as to whether he had set a deadline for Barcelona to table a suitable offer for Fabregas, Wenger continued:
“There is only one deadline, it is on August 31. The other deadline is for us to get everybody focused, the players who are really committed to the club, my energy and my focus goes on them. .
“That is what I focus on, I cannot help the other situation, because it does not only depend on me, it depends on the players and on the other clubs.”
While the above comments seem to hint at a likely exit for Fabregas, Wenger maintained a stubborn stance regarding the future of Samir Nasri claiming his compatriot will be staying at the Emirates despite interest from Manchester City.
“Samir loves the Club. We read that he and Cesc are somewhere else every day. But they are still here.
“My wish is that Nasri stays. I’m convinced he is going to stay at Arsenal.”