£35m Arsenal star move off the table - manager

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects Cesc Fabregas to stay with the club, and not head to Barcelona as he was reportedly planning for the summer.

"I expect him to be here," Wenger said.

"I will fight very hard to keep him here. You have always to fight when you have a player of that quality.

"I believe the biggest pride for a captain is to be committed to his club and deliver trophies to his team."

Arsenal were ready to do a deal with Barcelona for Fabregas worth £35 million, according to the Daily Mirror. But Wenger has refuted these claims, and made it clear he is intent on keeping the Spaniard.


"A player who changes every time when he is frustrated that he does not win a trophy goes nowhere," Wenger said.

"The quality of a sportsman’s life is to be committed to his club and not just move on when it does not go as well as you expected it."

Arsenal have now gone six straight seasons without a trophy, but Wenger insists this won’t cause the Gunners captain to exit the club.

Fabregas has missed parts of the season with injury, which effected the quality of the Arsenal squad, and Wenger said this will change next season.

"I believe that Cesc Fabregas played 22 games this season out of 38," Wenger said.

"We expect him next season to play between 30 and 38 and that will make a huge difference to our efficiency as well."

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