Arsene Wenger remains optimistic at the prospect of Cesc Fabregas staying at Arsenal, and says he hopes the skipper can wear the Gunners shirt once more in the club’s friendly with Cologne.
Fabregas has long been the subject of transfer speculation, with the Spaniard has been linked with a move to boyhood side Barcelona for what seems like an eternity.
After the Gunners finished last season without a trophy for the sixth year in a row, the rumours grew stronger, and while Fabregas has said it is up to Wenger to decide where his future lies, the French manager believes his captain will settle in London once he gets back onto the pitch.
“For us it is important that the team settles psychologically as quickly as possible because we have a tough start,” Wenger said.
“We play most of the big clubs away in the first half of the season. We have to stop at some stage. I hope we can close that [the Fabregas situation] very quickly in our favour.”
Fabregas is still not a certainty to play in the friendly against Cologne on Saturday, as the star recovers from a hamstring injury. But Wenger believes there is a chance Fabregas will be able to play with the Arsenal squad this weekend.
“We will have to see how far he is with his injury,” Wenger said.
“He is not back in full training. I will have to assess him.”
Wenger insisted that Fabregas is in his plans for next season’s trophy charge. “Yes, of course,” he said.
“The problem is we face speculation from everywhere but my target is the same, to keep the players and my desire to fight for that is the same.”
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