Wenger: Cesc & Nasri will stay

Gunners captain Fabregas is wanted by his boyhood club Barcelona,

while Nasri is a target for several of Arsenal’s Premier League

rivals. Widespread reports have suggested that Wenger is finally

prepared to allow Spain international Fabregas to return to Camp

Nou this summer, providing Barcelona meet the club’s

£35million asking price. However, Wenger is not planning to

let the 24-year-old leave Emirates Stadium and he also intends to

keep Nasri at the club. France international Nasri has just 12

months remaining on his contract and has been the subject of

interest from Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.

Premier League champions United have reportedly seen a

£20million bid knocked back already, while City were rumoured

to be willing to pay £23million after recently signing Gael

Clichy from Arsenal. But, after arriving in Malaysia for the

Gunners’ pre-season tour of the Far East, Wenger confirmed he

expects Fabregas and Nasri to be part of his plans for the coming

campaign. “Cesc loves the club and hopefully we will manage,” he

told Sky Sports News. “We know that this story for Barcelona has

gone on for years now, we have to close that and focus on the

season, hopefully with Cesc Fabregas.” Asked about Nasri, Wenger

added: “Will he be at the club next season? I say yes. The second

part (of the question) – will he sign a new contract? I hope yes,

but I am not the only one to decide.”