Arsene Wenger believes there is no point reporting Barcelona midfielder Xavi to UEFA despite the Spanish midfielder using his club’s website to publicly call on Arsenal to let Cesc Fabregas return to the Camp Nou.
Having already dismissed the pint-size playmaker as a troublemaker, Wenger again stressed his disappointment at the manner in which Pep Guardiola’s squad continued to cultivate headlines in the press with their continued whingeing about a transfer deal which appears no closer to being completed.
Speaking from China ahead of Saturday’s pre-season showdown with Hangzou Greentown, Wenger told press:
“I don’t think it’s a sentence big enough to report a club to FIFA. The impression I had was that it wasn’t respectful to our Club or to Cesc. I don’t make more than that.
“It has to stop, of course. If there is a transfer negotiation between two clubs, I don’t think it is healthy if players come out [and talk] who are not concerned by it. Unfortunately, in this case, it has happened a few times. It will not contribute to sort any problem out.
“Xavi has no direct part to play in that story and I don’t see why he should, unless he has an official job to do for Barcelona. I don’t see why he can go on the [official Barcelona] website and make this kind of statement.”
It remains to be seen whether an apology is forthcoming from the Camp Nou, but given the apparent strained relationship which has existed between Arsenal and Barcelona throughout the last decade it seems unlikely.