Gunners will cope if one of their star names leaves

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With constant speculation surrounding the futures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, it must be difficult as an Arsenal player not to get distracted by media reports.

It has today been claimed by BBC Sport that Manchester United have offered £20 million for the services of Nasri, while Fabregas continues to be courted by European champions Barcelona.

The Arsenal squad has reported back to pre-season training this week still wondering whether or not they will begin the new season with two of their key players.

But, ultimately, there is nothing Arsene Wenger's charges can do other than watch events unfold, and Johan Djourou says the club must move on if Fabregas and Nasri leave.

"We know there will be stories but we know what we're aiming for and what our goal is," the Swiss defender told the BBC.


"We want to be successful so we don't really get distracted by this. If he [Fabregas] goes, he goes."

The 24-year-old, though, has seen Arsenal become galvanised before after the departure of Thierry Henry, and predicts they will cope if their current skipper joins Barca.

"When Thierry [Henry] went, Cesc expressed himself even more, but the two together [Fabregas and Nasri] are great so you'd rather keep them," he added. "If someone goes then I'm sure someone will step up."

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