Arsene Wenger insists Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri are both happy at Arsenal, and says his star turns aren’t as concerned about the ongoing transfer speculation as the national media would have us believe.
Fabregas has had a long-running saga with Barcelona, with the Gunners skipper widely believed to be asking Wenger for a move back to his boyhood club.
Nasri, meanwhile, has been linked with a move to Manchester City, with the 24-year-old only having one year remaining on his current Arsenal deal.
But Wenger is standing strong on his two stars, telling the Daily Telegraph that while Fabregas still holds Barcelona close to his heart, he is fully committed to the London club.
“In the case of Fabregas, he is torn between Barcelona, where he grew up, and Arsenal, where he has been educated,” Wenger said. “It’s not financial.
“Nasri is the same: they both love the club and are very happy with us. Hopefully we can keep them both happy here.”
Wenger stresses that through his dealings in football, he has learned that the needs of a footballer are both financial and emotional.
“As soon as they feel that they do not meet their needs, they will walk away from it, because they feel ‘I am at a level, and this guy cannot offer me what I want’,” Wenger added.
“It’s part of it, because the needs are not only football-related, they can also be financial or sometimes emotional.”
Wenger admitted though that should a situation like the one with Fabregas or Nasri become unsettling for the team, the Arsenal manager will take the difficult decision to let them go.
"It’s always better to get rid of someone who is too disturbing rather than keep him because he has the quality," Wenger said.