Arsenal news

Wenger stands firm over duo

June 13, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that Samir Nasri needs to stay at the club in order to fulfil his true potential as a player and also spoke about the future of captain Cesc Fabregas, claiming he would stay for 'a long time'.

Fabregas and Nasri
GettyImagesFabregas and Nasri have been linked with moves

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Nasri has yet to agree terms on a new contract and, with his current deal expiring next summer, could leave on a free if Arsenal do not sell him. Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus have all been linked with the Frenchman, but Wenger insists that he wants to keep the 23-year-old in London.

"We will do everything to keep Nasri at the club. My wish is that he stays here," Wenger told the Sun. ''If he looks back he can see that he's come quite a long way with us, and I think there is still a bit to do. It's the club that makes the player's career."

Arsenal have also had to deal with more reports that captain Cesc Fabregas will ask for a transfer to Barcelona this summer, but Wenger maintains that the Spain star will be at the Emirates for a long time yet.

"I will be pretty clear about this. For me, Fabregas is with Arsenal for a long time and he will stay with Arsenal," Wenger said. "It sometimes happens that the rumour can make the transfer.

"Next year will see the introduction of the financial fair play system, which will limit the big transfers. I think this is the last year that the summer will be hot - very hot."