Wilson fuming over Fabregas saga

Arsenal’s chances of keeping hold of their captain received a boost

on Thursday when he returned to training and took his place

alongside his team-mates for the club’s official team photo.

Barcelona had seemed determined to land Fabregas earlier this

summer when they made a £30million bid the World Cup winning

star. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rejected the offer and insisted

that his talismanic midfielder was not for sale at any price. That

did not stop a number of the club’s biggest players, including

Lionel Messi and Carles Puyol, from pleading with the Frenchman to

allow the Spaniard to return “home”. Barcelona have not been back

with a second bid, however, their cause perhaps weakened by the

fact that they had to sign up for a 150 million euro loan to pay

their players earlier this summer. Wilson, who spent 11 years at

the north London club, was dismayed by Barcelona’s valuation of a

player he considers one of the best in the world. “I think they

have shown complete disrespect throughout the whole episode,” said

Wilson. “They know as well as anyone else that if you are going for

the best players in the world then you have to have respect and the

bottom line of Barcelona’s situation is that they can’t afford to

buy him for what he is worth. “He is worth a minimum of

£50million and Barcelona are struggling financially.”

Fabregas, who along with Robin van Persie had been given extra time

off following their World Cup exploits, looked at ease as he

trained in front of 7,000 Arsenal fans at the Emirates Stadium on

the club’s annual members’ day. After overseeing his development

since arriving as a 15-year-old from Barcelona, Wilson now believes

that Fabregas owes Arsenal at least another season at the club. “I

don’t think we need to tell him that everyone at the club loves

him,” said Wilson. “He has a second father at the club in Arsene

Wenger and I think Arsene will be able to get his head around the

fact that he is an Arsenal player and not a Barcelona player.” Now

that Fabregas appears to be staying, Wilson is confident that he

will be able to end the club’s trophy drought which stretches back

to 2005, when they won the FA Cup with a win on penalties over

Manchester United. “This season, he is going to lead us to

something big.” Wilson added.