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Arsene Wenger has no intentions of leaving Arsenal and believes captain Cesc Fabregas will outlast his stay at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners boss has, for the first time in his 12-season tenure, come under scrutiny as his young side struggle for consistency and remain outside the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

"I have never allowed anyone to question my commitment to this club, in the good and in the bad times, that has not changed in my mind," he said.

The gap on Aston Villa, however, is now down to just three points following the midweek results, which saw Arsenal score their first league goals in four games to beat bottom club West Brom 3-1 at The Hawthorns.

Wenger knows qualification for Europe's elite competition again next season is vital - not only for financial reasons but also to convince stars like Fabregas and Robin van Persie to remain on board for the long term.

The Arsenal manager, though, firmly believes Fabregas, currently battling back from a knee injury, remains fully committed to the cause.

"I hope his future will last longer than mine because I think he can still be here in 10 years," said Wenger, who rejected reports claiming he was top of Manchester City's wish list to replace Mark Hughes in the summer.

"I think the club should be built around personalities like Cesc and that is why I hope he will still be here.

"He is 22 years old in 2009 and at 32, he will still play.

"On my side, I am contracted until 2011 and until 2011 I do not envisage to go anywhere else."

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