Thursday, May 19, 2011

Arsene Wenger won't give up on Fabregas

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has vowed to "fight very hard" to keep captain Cesc Fabregas and other key men at Emirates Stadium next season - but warned there is no guarantee of success if they chose to move elsewhere.

Wenger is expected to bring in some experience over the summer to help his young squad but will also face another couple of months fending off speculation that Fabregas, a perennial target for boyhood club Barcelona, is to leave.

But the Arsenal manager cut down that suggestion - and insisted a move to the Nou Camp or anywhere else would not automatically bring medals, saying: "I expect him to be here, and I will fight very hard to keep him here. You have always to fight when you have a player of that quality. You must always fight to keep your players."

Wenger warned his stars the grass might not necessarily be greener away from the Emirates Stadium.

He said: "What guarantees you that if you go somewhere else you will win trophies?

"The biggest pride for a captain is to be committed to his club and deliver trophies with his team.

"A player who changes his club every time he is frustrated or when he doesn't win a trophy, goes nowhere.

"I believe the quality of sports life is to be committed to your club and not just to move out when it does not go as well as you expected."

Wenger added: "Cesc Fabregas played 22 games this season out of 38 and we expect him to play between 30 and 38. That will make a huge difference to our efficiency (next season) as well."


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