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Wenger Speaks: The Latest on Fabregas and Nasri

Earlier today Arsene Wenger hosted a press conference at the club’s London Colney training ground in the run-up to our first game of the season away at Newcastle and addressed a number of the stories regarding the supposed imminent departure of both Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona and Samir Nasri to Manchester City – these are excerpts from the press conference regarding these two players.

On whether Fabregas and Nasri will travel to Newcastle: 

“Fabregas is not in the squad and Nasri certainly not, I will decide that today. He [Nasri] went for the national team, he was sick, and he has not completely recovered yet.” 

On whether he expects either player to leave: 

“I expect nobody to leave the club,” [so you believe both players will stay at the club?] “That’s a good conclusion from my statement.”

On the news that negotiations with Barcelona are finishing:

“I believe the best for us one day before the championship starts is not to focus on the possible transfers – I can not say it will never happen and I can not say it will happen. At the moment there is no news to give you and if we have any news to give you I promise we will do it.

“What we want today is to focus on the players who play tomorrow and not on the players who do not play. The players who can help the club to achieve performances are more important than the players who don’t.”

On the progress made in the transfer window: 

“We have a big squad and you know, we do not decide exactly [how you spend]. The demand to bring in some players are very high – I am not the only one working on that, we are a complete team, examining absolutely everything on the international transfer market and the fact that big clubs come and try to get our players is because they look as well, and they do not find, so it’s not as easy as people think it is.”

 On the behaviour of Cesc and Samir: 

“My personal feelings are not important. What is important is the club and how well we do. I have not been disappointed with Cesc’s attitude and not my Samir Nasri’s attitude. They are professionals; I take nothing personally.”

On the transfer speculation:

“The transfer speculation is disruptive but that is not an excuse – we have to deal with that: that’s part of our job. People come in and out, what’s important is that people are focused on achieving things for this club.”

On whether or not he is resigned to losing both players:

“We will decide and I will decide what is best for the club. The first quality of a player is to have talent and the second is want to play with you. It’s very difficult to demand full commitment – we are here for this club and to give absolutely everything to achieve things but that is only possible if you want to do it.”

On the message it sends if we lose both players:

“I did enough to bring them here and develop them. Overall the message we want to give is to have a fully committed team on the pitch and [even if] the players who are not on the pitch can not show commitment, what’s important is that the players who play for this club give 100%. We have more quality, we have enough quality to deal with any situation that we decide.”

On whether Arsenal are a big club if they leave:

“That’s a short-cut that is difficult to accept. Manchester United let Ronaldo go, you think they are not a big club?”

Submitted by clockendview – just another Arsenal blog




  1. Roy

    August 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Good god, if only he’d listen to himself once in a while!
    I’m more concerned we’ve still got that defence!

  2. antiwenger

    August 12, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    So our new signings are- miyachi,jenkinson,aoc,gervinho,frimpong,lansbury,gibbs…… Now wenger restart the youth project ….again the sqaud average age is 21…. Now wenger will give same old excuses in the whole season

  3. Nneji ugonma /naija boy

    August 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Since they hav decided to leave my precious club arsenal, then let them go, talkin abt fab and samir . Infact am tired wit their worries , i believe we will make it wit the players we hav but to make it splendid arsene should immediately go for those required players like mata,jagieka,samba and gary cahill so the club will boost in the nearest future tnks.

  4. antiwenger

    August 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Dont expect any signings more….. I can gurantee that wenger will not buy any big names…. If he buy any of mata,hazard,mata or cahil, then i never will speak against wenger…. Love arsenal 4ever…

  5. paul

    August 12, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    mr wenger! u are diging your grave…i hate u and your stupid mentality…note;u dnt luv arsenal fc more than mysef

    • Tuza

      August 12, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      Do not abuse Wenger. He deserves respect for what he has done for Arsenal FC.

    • Adesh

      August 13, 2011 at 10:54 am

      Wenger is the best coach in the w0rld whether u believ or n0t
      Keep int0uch Arsenal still big club….even if we l0se du0 we w0uld bring replcment…be patient guys…lookin forwad 2 u Mr wenger

  6. Tor Ayemga

    August 12, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Arsenal will survive without the duo. Keep the faith.

  7. ariyo aj

    August 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    stp blaming wenger,blame d board,dey ‘re d arsenal set back.

  8. gabriel

    August 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    big hunters!!!! Pls dis issue of cesc n nasir, i dont understand again. What are there waiting for. Free them,!!!! Are there more than the club. Without arsenal, they are nothing. GOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. francis

    August 12, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    arsene wenger is a fool.he told us that arsenal will be serious in transfer market this year, wats going on gervinho is the only meaningfull player we have signed.yesterday is all about cahill,today is mata tomorrow will be jadson,next tomorrow will be samba,arsenal fans should open their eyes & see gunners 4 life.

  10. gabriel

    August 12, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    big hunters!! let cesc & nasir, go!!!!What are there waiting for. Are there more than the club. Without arsenal, they are nothing.

  11. keith

    August 12, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    wenger has to go he knew these players were on their way yet no replacements have been found with time running out other clubs will want a premium for their players and arsenal will finish half way down the league.dont want even talk about the defence he should of sorted that out ages ago.he will get the sack by november

  12. PPN

    August 12, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Manchester City’s next siging will be Arsene Wenger.. half arsenal will already be there and he will use the arab dollars to make city the greatest team ever..

  13. pat

    August 12, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Cesc goodbye,we love u but since u chose to go, fine and good i hold nothing against u,but as 4 nasri…….

  14. pat

    August 12, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    One love all gunners fans.Gudluck to d arsenal squad tmrow.

  15. maleek

    August 12, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    fabregas n nasri should be let off d hook.wengers idea of not playing d duo against newcastle is a wise thought.wenger is doing great.all u need do for us die hard n ardent arsenal fans is to buy us quality players.


      August 12, 2011 at 10:35 pm

      Is better to remain with few player who are comitted enough to the club.Let Nasri and Cesc to go inspite their valuable contribution to the Arsenal club.Bon voyage Cesc and Nasri.

  16. Shegzy

    August 12, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Mr wenger is back again always signing immature players like of jeckinson, miyachi, chamberlain e.t.c are those d players we need 4 now? & we are loosing our big players likes of fabregas,nasri,clichy wenger should b taken 2 d psychiatric cos he is not normal. Luv u guys Gunners 4 real!!!

  17. soltro

    August 12, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I can’t believe people blame wenger who is betrayed who bring these young boys and develop them to be the player they are now. It should be these young players time to pay back for being given a chance at early age to the highest level where they would never dream of getting it elsewhere. If wenger chose to buy a finished product we would never know them now as they could be average players in an average club, they should know they are known because they play for arsenal fc.


    August 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    It is nonsence to blame Wenger.The policy to develop young is accepted.No one had knew Cesc before brought to arsenal.Nasri and Varmalein the case.It is not a big deal to sign the big name player who are usually expensive last short time and poor performing.We economist we are behind you wenger go on donot listen the stupid gossip

  19. Adamu gural

    August 12, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    good bye my gurus

  20. Emmanuel

    August 12, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Clichy said when he leaved arsenal for city ” i need club that is more serious for trophy” i hope by now i can understand what he means. Lets keep watching Arsene to the time he will finish the damage he had for our(fans) lovely club. Gunners 4e…ver.

  21. man u supporter

    August 13, 2011 at 5:31 am

    arsenal r sh#te!!!

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