Monday, July 11, 2011

Cesc 'n Nasri are Gunner stay

Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas
STAYING ... Nasri and Fabregas will play their football at Arsenal this season
ARSENE WENGER has given Arsenal fans a massive boost by revealing Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri are staying at the club. Speaking right after his squad landed in Kuala Lumpur for their Far East tour, the Gunners boss:
  • Confirmed Nasri will stay at Arsenal next season despite strong interest from both Manchester United and City.
  • Insisted he is still trying to convince wantaway skipper Fabregas to snub a move to boyhood club Barcelona.
  • Revealed new £11.5million Arsenal star Gervinho has started training at London Colney after completing his move from Lille.
  • Admitted both Nicklas Bendtner and Manuel Almunia are on the verge of quitting the Emirates.
The Arsenal boss insisted that Nasri — who has only got one year left on his contract — will stay at the club regardless of whether he extends his deal.

Arsene Wenger
ALL SMILES ... Arene Wenger reveals the good news
Wenger said: "Will he be at the club this season? I say yes. Will he sign a new contract? I hope yes but I'm not the only one to decide that.
"There is always speculation when a player has only one contract year to go and has not signed a new contract that he might leave the club.
"But Samir Nasri is very happy at the club and is committed to staying at the club."
Speaking about Fabregas' future, Wenger added: "Yes, I am convinced Cesc will stay.
"It is as simple as that. I never speak about what's happening behind closed doors. Cesc loves the club and hopefully we'll manage.
"We know that this story for Barcelona goes on for years now and we have to close that and for ourselves to focus on the season hopefully with Cesc Fabregas.
"It's given too many headlines to newspapers for too much time, I think it's enough."
With Fulham, Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon interested in Bendtner and Atletico Madrid and Malaga leading the chase for Almunia, Wenger admitted their exits are only a matter of time.
He added: "Both are possible departures, they are talking to other clubs at the moment."
And on new Ivory Coast hitman Gervinho, Wenger said: "He has joined training today at London Colney, he has come back from holiday and signed.
"He had a medical on Thursday but we sent him back home because he has a family with children. It was so he has time to sort things out for two days.
"He came back yesterday and starts his fitness programme in London today. He is officially an Arsenal player now.
"But I decided not to take him on the tour because he has had no training sessions."

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