Arsene Wenger has called on Barcelona to show some respect in their public pursuit of Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, but accepts there is little else his team can do but ride out all the constant speculation.
In an interview published on Barcelona's official website, midfielder Xavi claimed he had been in contact with Fabregas, and said his Spain team-mate man had told him he has been "suffering" because of his desire to rejoin the Catalan club.
"If I found Barcelona in exactly the same position, I believe a mutual respect between the clubs should stop this kind of comment," said Wenger.
"If it is true then it is very disrespectful and it is not the first time that Xavi has been disrespectful to Arsenal."
"What is important is that Cesc Fabregas is contracted to Arsenal. That is a fact. Arsenal wants to keep him and all the rest is comment."
Fabregas, who is nursing a hamstring injury, was a noticeable absentee from the first game of Arsenal's Asia tour on Wednesday, which saw the Gunners run out comfortable 4-0 winners over a Malaysia XI at the Bukit Jalil Stadium, that including a 25-minute cameo appearance from contract rebel Samir Nasri.
Like Fabregas, Nasri has also found himself the centre of intense rumours as the France international has yet to sign a new deal, with suggestions Manchester City and Manchester United could be ready to test Arsenal's resolve with a £20million-plus offer as he would be a free agent in a year's time.
Wenger, though, maintains the squad just have to get on with it.
"We are a big club with many good young players so we are confronted with many rumours and speculation, but it doesn't affect much what's happening inside the club," he said.
"We have to live with that and you could see when he (Nasri) played that he wasn't disturbed by that. He has always had a very good attitude."
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